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Default New fights added to Strikeforce: Tate ve. Rousey

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Originally Posted by Ryan Couture vs. Conor Heun Added to March Strikeforce Event

A lightweight fight pitting Ryan Couture against Conor Heun has been added to March 3's Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey event in Columbus, Ohio, MMA Fighting has learned.

Both fighters have verbally agreed to the bout, sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

Couture (3-1) is coming off a majority decision win over Maka Watson at a September Challengers series event. That victory followed the first loss of his pro career.

In accepting the bout with Heun, Couture will face the most experienced opponent he's yet to encounter. Heun (9-4) snapped a two-fight losing streak with a unanimous decision victory over Magno Almeida last June, but hasn't fought since then. In that bout, he suffered an elbow injury that sidelined him.

Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey takes place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. As the name implies, the headlining bout will be a women's bantamweight title fight with champ Miesha Tate looking to defend against unbeaten Ronda Rousey. Other confirmed bouts include Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki, Josh Thomson vs. KJ Noons and Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis.
Originally Posted by Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle Set for Co-Main Event of Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey

Rumors of a bout between Gegard Mousasi and Mike Kyle have spread at various times over the last year. In fact, the duo seemed destined to meet in both April and September of 2011 before various issues sidetracked the pairing from being made.

Now, it's on again.

Sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the Mousasi-Kyle matchup has been agreed to as the co-main event of March 3's Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey event.

Mousasi (32-3-2) was last seen just over one month ago, showing improved takedown defense to go with his usual aggressive striking game en route to a unanimous decision over Ovince St. Preux.

Meanwhile, Kyle (19-8-1, 1 no contest) is coming off a unanimous decision victory of his own, this one coming against Marcos Rogerio de Lima in September.

The winner of the bout may eventually earn a chance to fight for the vacant Strikeforce light-heavyweight title.

Mousasi-Kyle is the co-headliner just underneath a women's bantamweight title bout with Miesha Tate against Ronda Rousey. As MMA Fighting reported earlier Monday, a lightweight fight between Conor Heun and Ryan Couture was just added to the event as well.
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