Former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Sarah Kaufman, spoke to Stephie Daniels of bloodyelbow.com about her upcoming title fight this weekend against Ronda Rousey.
“I know that I hit harder than Miesha does, because I’ve been hit by her. That’s really not an insult to Miesha, but I know how she strikes and how I strike. There’s definitely a big difference there, in terms of the power and what’s being put behind each strike. It’s not really a big secret.
Ronda has said that she doesn’t like getting hit in previous interviews, and you can tell that her style is pretty much anti-striking. I think that Ronda is a really tough competitor, and mentally, it would take a lot to break Ronda, and hopefully, I’m able to do that, and secure a knockout, if possible. I’m not disillusioned in my thinking. I don’t think she’s going to run away from getting hit. I think she’s going to stick in there and try to do what she wants to do, and even if she doesn’t like it, she’s still going to be there.
I think that it’s a different fight. I don’t think that there’s as much hype from a certain standpoint of even pushing. They’ve definitely done a lot of Ronda Rousey pushing. With Dana White wearing the Ronda Rousey shirt from the ESPN magazine cover, that is a statement. The fact that he keeps talking about Ronda Rousey, and seemingly forgetting who I am, even though I’ve met him multiple times, and I’m pretty sure he knows who I am.
It’s the Ronda train, for sure. It would be nice to see it pushed from both sides, but they think that I’m the underdog. They think that I’m a scrub who’s going to roll over and give Ronda my arm. I’m gonna come out there on August 18th and put my foot down. I’m not a mat to be walked on. I’m a legitimately ranked, world class fighter, and that’s where I deserve to be, and how I should be treated.”