PHOENIX - AUGUST 13: Miesha Tate celebrates after defeating Hitomi Akano of Japan in the Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Tournament Championship bout at Dodge Theater on August 13 2010 in Phoenix Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Less than six months.
That's all the time it took for former 135-pound Strikeforce female champion, Miesha Tate, to return to mixed martial arts (MMA) action after suffering one of the more unsightly submission losses of the 2012 combat campaign.
"Takedown" has been booked to take on the Greg Jackson-trained Julie Kedzie at Strikeforce: "Rousey vs. Kaufman" at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Calif., on Aug. 18, 2012, on Showtime. The San Jose-based promotion made the eye-catching announcement this evening.
Tate, remember, thought she "probably" winning her fight against number one title contender, Ronda Rousey, in Columbus, Ohio, back on March 3, 2012, before a "mistake" ultimately cost her the belt ... and nearly her left arm. "Rowdy" locked-in a tight armbar submission and never let loose, tearing "basically everything" in the elbow, but fortunately for her, didn't break any bones.
It will be interesting to see if she can return to top form and set up a Rousey rematch; however, it won't be easy against a "Fireball" who is also looking to prove that she belongs in the championship chase.
Kedzie was on a nice four-fight win streak before Alexis Davis took home a tight unanimous decision back in July 2011. She has not competed since, withdrawing from a bout with Germaine de Randamie later that same year because of an undisclosed injury.
She won the Jackson's MMA Series 4 Women's Bantamweight Championship during her recent winning run, outpointing Kaitlin Young, Sarah D'Alelio and Malissa Sherwood each on the judges scorecards in a 10-month span.
Strikeforce: "Rousey vs Kaufman" will obviously feature the aforementioned Rousey in the main event of the evening, defending her title for just the first time against former division titleholder Sarah Kaufman. Elsewhere on the card, former Strikeforce Middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza will take on Derek Brunson, while Roger Bowling is expected to tangle with Tarec Saffiedine in Welterweight action.