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Exclusive Interview: Sarah Kaufman Explains Statements

Reigning Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Champion Sarah Kaufman was on-hand for the Strikeforce Challengers Event weigh-in held in Phoenix on Thursday.

Kaufman has recently taken some flack for comments she made on her blog about what kind of treatment she should receive.

I deserve to be on a main Strikeforce Card because I am a talented, exciting FEMALE fighter at 135lbs! I will NOT eat a ridiculous amount of cookies to make 145lbs JUST for the opportunity to be on a main card and growing man parts… well that would just be ridiculous :D

Kaufman spoke to SB Nation Arizona in an exclusive interview at the weigh-in and was asked about her comments.

"I think the Challengers card is a great card," Sarah said. "It's giving a lot of fighters more opportunities to be fighting and to be fighting on TV. Now that I have the title it's my time to move up to those main cards where where all the titles are and it's going to be great to have the tournament on the Challengers card and it's going to bring people towards the main card when we fight."

Kaufman also responded to comments from Joe Riggs who yesterday lashed out at Kaufman, "If he wants to think that it's fair. My job is always to try and promote myself and promote myself as a fighter and promote myself as an athlete and not as a female fighter, not as a female athlete just as an equal basis. If he's fighting for a title he should be on a main card just like if I was fighting for a title I should be on a main card."

Kaufman wasn't sure if she has another fight scheduled before facing the winning of tomorrow's tournament but said either way at some point they would match-up.

Sarah gave her prediction, "I think Miesha has a really good chance of winning the tournament and if she does she's going to have to be prepared for me to beat her up again."

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(Sarah Kaufman speaking to Seth Pollack, SB Nation Arizona. Photo by Dennis Tarwood)