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With news coming in today that Strikeforce is closing operations after January 2013, former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate announced that she has joined current champion Ronda Rousey as the first female fighters in UFC history.
More news coming in following reports that Strikeforce is shutting down operations after January 2013. Earlier today it was confirmed that Ronda Rousey would become the first female fighter on the UFC roster, and joining her is Miesha Tate, who gleefully announced this on Twitter.
So Stoked to be fighting for the @ufc it's been a dream of mine for along time! SO happy it's finally come true:-D— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) November 9, 2012
Tate last fought in August in an incredible war with Julie Kedzie on the preliminary card of Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman, with Tate emerging the victor with a dramatic 3rd round armbar with just 1:32 left in the fight. She is also the only one to take Ronda Rousey past even the one-minute mark of a fight, and that's not me exaggerating. Ultimately she had her arm taken by Rousey, but it remains the only competitive battle for Rousey in her MMA career.
Expect more confirmations from Strikeforce's women's roster in particular as the UFC tries to fill out their latest weight class. Bloody Elbow will provide plenty of coverage and updates over the coming days as the fun has only just started.