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Fantasy Matchmaker: Tate vs. Rousey Edition
Strikeforce's latest offering is in the books, so that means it's time for another edition of The Fantasy Matchmaker.
March 6, 2012, 3:03 pm

Strikeforce's latest offering is in the books, so that means it's time for another edition of The Fantasy Matchmaker. Did a clear No. 1 contender emerge for Gilbert Melendez? What's next for Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza? And how about now former champion Miesha Tate? Find out below.

Ronda Rousey: Sarah Kaufman.

This one's pretty obvious. Something tells me that whenever they meet, Kaufman won't bum rush Rousey like Tate did on Saturday night. Big mistake.

Miesha Tate: Alexis Davis.

Both Tate and Davis shouldn't fall too far down the rankings after their respective losses on Saturday night. Plus, there isn't much else out there right now for either woman.

Josh Thomson: Gilbert Melendez.

Does his performance on Saturday night warrant a title shot? Heck no. But who else can Showtime sell to its audience as a legitimate contender? They can promote the fact that they are 1-1 against each other, and that's pretty much better than anything else they can do with the other lightweight contenders out there.

KJ Noons: Caros Fodor.

Both fighters need to get back on track after sub par performances on Saturday night.

Kazuo Misaki: Tarec Saffiedine.

The winner of this fight could very well position himself as the No. 1 contender following the rumored Tyron Woodley vs. Nate Marquardt title fight coming up.

Paul Daley: Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos.

It won't mean much in the rankings, but this fight would have fireworks written all over it.

Lumumba Sayers: Robbie Lawler.

I'm not sure if Sayers is ready for the Robbie Lawlers of the world just yet, but there's only one way to find out. Personally, I think he can hang with Lawler.

Scott Smith: Retirement.

"Hands of Steel" had a fun run, but it's time to hang 'em up. He's done nothing in his last four fights to make me think he should keep on fighting.

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza: Winner of Rockhold vs. Kennedy.

It appears as though "Jacare" will be on the sidelines nursing an injured hand for an extended period of time, so I would like to see him sit out and face the winner of the planned Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Kennedy middleweight title fight.

Pat Healy: JZ Cavalcante.

The winner of this fight should face the winner of Melendez vs. Thomson III.

Other fights to book:

Bristol Marunde vs. Adlan Amagov

Roger Bowling vs. Jordan Mein

Ryan Couture vs. Justin Wilcox



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