Sarah Kaufman focuses on Leslie Smith, then UFC date

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Former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion Sarah Kaufman is ready to get back on track towards championship gold.

Kaufman recently signed with the UFC and is expected to make her octagon debut sometime in 2013, but first she must face Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith at Invicta FC 5, April 5.

Kaufman is no stranger to tough competition. She has faced some of the best in women’s MMA, including UFC champion Ronda Rousey and former Strikeforce champions Miesha Tate and Marloes Coenen. While Smith’s record is only 5-2-1, she has one of the toughest chins and has a good ground game, which she could use to submit Kaufman, who has been submitted twice in her career.

Kaufman is also not taking her Invicta opponent lightly. In an interview with, Kaufman said she will take The Peacemaker as seriously as she has done her past fights.

If Kaufman can deliver the same power she has in the past, she could be the first fighter to finish Smith.

But after Smith, then what?

Although there has been no official date set for Kaufman’s UFC debut, the former Strikeforce champion said she would like to compete on the UFC 161 card, which takes place in Manitoba, Canada, June 15.

Even if she was able to compete on the June card, who would she face? Perhaps she could fight Julie “Fireball” Kedzie or Germaine “The Iron Lady” Randamie.


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