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With Holly Holm booked, Sarah Kaufman eyes Cat Zingano, Bethe Correia, or Miesha Tate

Kaufman wants to get back on the winning track, after missing out on "The Preacher's Daughter," by facing either of these three top-10 names.

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Fighting teammates in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) is a common theme. Most recently, Andrei Arlovski and Travis Browne were asked to do just that at the UFC 187 pay-per-view (PPV) back in May.

Even more recently, perennial Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight contender Sarah Kaufman was expecting to do likewise against her Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA teammate and current title contender Holly Holm.

"It was funny, when I first got the call to fight Holly I was like, ‘Really, Holly?’ We’re good friends, we’re teammates and I personally didn’t think it made a ton of sense with her being ready to go towards a title shot and me just coming off a loss. It was a fight that we didn't really know what to think about," Kaufman told MMAjunkie.

"The Preacher's Daughter" was announced last week as the next opponent for 135-pound champion Ronda Rousey at the UFC 195 pay-per-view (PPV) in January. Holm has two wins under the UFC banner, including a lopsided decision victory over Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 71 back in July.

Kaufman was just as surprised as all of us.

"I wake up Friday morning at get a text at 5:45 in the morning saying, ‘So, it’s not happening?'," she recalled. "At this point, I’m excited for Holly to get a title fight, I’m excited that I don’t have to fight a friend if I don’t have to, but disappointed I don’t currently have a fight."

Now, and as she has done for the past several months, she will begin to campaign for another Octagon dance partner.

"I’m hoping I get Bethe (Correia) or Miesha Tate or Cat Zingano," Kaufman said.

The soon-to-be 30-year-old combat sports veteran has endured an uneven UFC career. Kaufman possesses a 1-1 (1) record, with her lone victory being a unanimous decision romp over Leslie Smith in April 2014.

Despite that, Kaufman still calls the top five of the 135-pound division home, based upon UFC's official rankings.

"Alpha," who lost a gut-wrenching, first-round armbar to Rousey at UFC 184 back in February, still intends on getting herself a title rematch (via ESPN). Zingano also divulged her plan of fighting by the end of the year.

Whether Kaufman gets matched with the 33-year-old powerhouse remains to be seen. As far as Tate goes, she will reportedly be slotted against the surging Amanda Nunes, or perhaps previous No. 1 contender Bethe Correia.

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