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Strikeforce: Former Women's Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate to Return in Fall

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30:  Mixed martial artist Miesha Tate holds the Female Fighter of the Year award at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Nick CaronAnalyst IJune 30, 2012

After suffering an injury in her most recent fight, former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate finally got back in the gym recently and is already preparing for her next fight. 

According to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, Tate could be back in the coming months.

"We don't have anything to announce officially, but I believe you'll see her back in the cage in a relatively quick manner," Coker told MMAjunkie.com Radio host George Garcia on Wednesday. "She's pretty much healed up and ready to start training. But you'll see her back in the cage the early part of fall."

Tate’s left arm was damaged in her first Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title defense against the undefeated Ronda Rousey in March.

The highly entertaining bout was ended in the blink of an eye when Rousey slapped on her trademark armbar and got the submission, but not before she tore ligaments and muscles in Tate’s arm.

Yesterday was a great & vigorous practice & today had some awesome cardio! Love being back to the grind!

— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) June 27, 2012

Tate was put on medical suspension following the fight against Rousey by the Ohio Athletic Commission, and it is not yet known whether she has been given approval to get back in the cage.

Though hers was the most publicized, Tate is not the first woman to fall victim to injury in Rousey’s armbar. The former Judo Olympic medalist infamously snapped Julia Budd’s arm with a gruesome armbar in just 39 seconds.

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