While Ronda Rousey has been the marquee female figure in MMA this year, you won't want to miss these two women face off later this year in Strikeforce.
MMAfighting.com reports that Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir will now feature a women's bantamweight bout between top up-and-comer Liz Carmouche and Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann.
Carmouche has looked very impressive since losing back-to-back fights in Strikeforce against Marloes Coenen and Sarah Kaufman in 2011 by bouncing back to win back-to-back fights in Invicta. In Carmouche's last bout, she picked up the win by submission via rear-naked choke in the second round.
Her opponent is the former Olympian Sara McMann. McMann, whose ink is still wet on the Strikeforce contact she signed earlier this week, will be making her Strikeforce debut coming off her Invicta Fight of the Night victory over Shayna Baszler back in July.
Since making her MMA debut in 2011, McMann has gone 6-0 and will look for the biggest win of her young MMA career against Carmouche.
Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir is scheduled for November 3 in Oklahoma City and will be headlined by a huge Strikeforce-UFC crossover fight between Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Also on the card is a fight for the middleweight championship between Luke Rockhold and Lorenz Larkin.
There was no indication whether the bout would be featured on the main or preliminary card, but the winner of this bantamweight matchup will likely be next in line for a title shot against Ronda Rousey sometime in 2013.