Strikeforce kicked off their 2012 with a good card last night in Las Vegas, and they've already made plans for their next card. While they were unable to confirm a main event, the bouts that were announced ranged from expected to potentially explosive. Here are the fights confirmed for the card, currently scheduled for March 3rd in the Nationwide Arena in Columbis, OH:
Miesha Tate (12-2) vs. Ronda Rousey (4-0) for Women's 135 pound title
K.J. Noons (11-4) vs. Josh Thomson (18-4)
Paul Daley (29-11-2) vs. Kazuo Misaki (24-11-2)
Alexis Davis (11-4) vs. Sarah Kaufman (14-1)
The expected main event of the card was to be the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finals bout between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier, however there are concerns that Cormier's broken hand won't be healed up in time for March 3rd. If Cormier isn't ready to go, Tate vs. Rousey would likely fill the main event slot. Even without Barnett vs. Cormier though, the card looks quite interesting with Misaki's return to Strikeforce and a probable women's number one contenders bout in addition to the title fight.