Sarah Kaufman Vs. Takayo Hashi Scheduled for Strikeforce 135 lb. Title

Shawn SmithCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2010

Scott Coker hinted at it, and Kaufman confirmed the fight earlier today on her Facebook page.  

The number one and two ranked bantamweight female fighters will face off on February 26th as Canada’s undefeated sweetheart Sarah Kaufman takes on 12-1 Japanese fighter Takayo Hashi.

Kaufman, a Victoria B.C. native, was the Hardcore Fighting Championships Bantamweight Champion in Canada before making the move to Strikeforce.

So far since joining the promotion, she has kept her undefeated streak intact, defeating Meisha Tate and the talented Shayna Baszler. She is widely considered to be the top female bantamweight and will need to defeat Hashi to cement her spot.

Takayo Hashi is much less known here in North America, but her dominating victories should not be taken lightly.

A 12-1 record at any level is an accomplishment in itself, but as many of the hardcore fans can attest, the Smackgirl/Jewels promotion has long been the home of top female mixed martial arts stars.

Hashi avenged an earlier loss to Hitomi Akano and more recently defeated Amanda Buckner and Chisa Yonezawa. Her submissions skills are dangerous, and if Kaufman takes her lightly, we could certainly see an upset in the making.

Styles make fights, and with the contradicting styles in this fight, it's sure to be interesting.

Sarah Kaufman loves to stand and bang. She has eight knockouts in her 10 fights and certainly will want to keep this fight standing against the much better submission artist in Hashi.

It’s not often in the sport we get to see the top two fighters in a division face off. These two are among the best female fighters in the world, and as a fan this will certainly be a treat to witness.