The decade's most-anticipated women's bout has been cleared for launch.
Reigning Strikeforce bantamweight champion Miesha Tate and undefeated challenger Ronda Rousey both made weight at Friday afternoon's Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey weigh-ins in Columbus, Ohio, rendering their heavy-hyped title tilt official.
Despite a steep drop from featherweight, Rousey found her mark easily, weighing-in at a trim 134.5 pounds. Likewise, Tate successfully tipped the scales at 134.5 pounds.
After months of pre-fight build-up, the smoldering rivalry finally came to a crescendo as both fighters had to be separated by Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker following a forehead-to-forehead staredown. "Thank you guys for putting your money down so I'm favored," Rousey declared. "I can't wait until it's legal for me to actually kick her ass. Tune in tomorrow."
As has been the case throughout much of the pre-fight spectacle, Tate shook off her opponent's brashness to be measured in her response. "I'm excited to put on a great fight. I think we've done a great job pumping this fight up and I hope y'all are really excited to see it," the champion said. "It's going to be an amazing fight."
In the co-main event, former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson hit the stage at 155 pounds after a torturous 15-month injury layoff. His opponent, perennial ‘Fight of the Night' contender K.J. Noons, edged in at 156 pounds.
Full weigh-in results are below.
Main card (Showtime):
Miesha Tate (134.5) vs. Ronda Rousey (134.5)
K.J. Noons (156) vs. Josh Thomson (155)
Paul Daley (171) vs. Kazuo Misaki (169.5)
Bristol Marunde (184) vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza (184.5)
Lumumba Sayers (185) vs. Scott Smith (186)
Preliminary card (Showtime Extreme):
Alexis Davis (135.5) vs. Sarah Kaufman (135.5)
Caros Fodor (155.5) vs. Pat Healy (155)
Ryan Couture (154) vs. Conor Heun (155)
Roger Bowling (170) vs. Brandon Saling (170.5)
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