'Meteoric' is a phrase often used in jest by the MMA community, but it may in fact be the most apt term to describe the remarkable rise of Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. In less than two years, Rousey has soared from a rookie fighter with Olympic pedigree, to the undeniable queen of women's MMA. Her barrage into pop culture, including everything from appearances on Conan to a cover shoot for ESPN the Magazine's annual 'Body Issue,' has raised the profile of WMMA to heights not seen since the glory days of Gina Carano.
Now, Rousey prepares for her next challenge, as she defends her belt against Canadian striker Sarah Kaufman this Saturday. In advance of the heavily-anticipated match, Strikeforce's broadcast partner, Showtime, has thrown their marketing muscle behind the champ, including a behind-the-scene series, All Access: Ronda Rousey, that documents the lead-up to fight night. The two-part series can be seen in its entirety below, along with the complete fight card for Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman.
Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman fight card:
Main card (Showtime):
Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman
Ronaldo Souza vs. Derek Brunson
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Roger Bowling
Lumumba Sayers vs. Anthony Smith
Ovince St. Preux vs. T.J. Cook
Preliminary card (Showtime Extreme):
Miesha Tate vs. Julie Kedzie
Bobby Green vs. Matt Ricehouse
Adlan Amagov vs. Keith Berry
Hiroko Yamanaka vs. Germaine de Randamie