Late is better than never. Bromides dispensed with, I can tell you that a deal has finally been made to get women’s MMA pioneer Erin Toughill under contract with Strikeforce. And she already has her first fight lined up: she faces Marloes Coenen November 7 on the undercard of an event to be televised on CBS. (This will be a rematch-Toughill won by KO in their first meeting.)
Toughill is in fact replacing 145-pound champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos, who pulled out of her title fight with Coenen because of injury. This fight, then, will determine who is the foremost contender for Cyborg’s title.
For now, the fight is slated for the undercard and won’t be televised. Even so, there is a good chance the fight (taped) will air should the other fights run short.
Let’s hope it makes the telecast. Another nationally televised fight, this time without Carano or Cyborg, would be a further boost to women’s MMA.