Despite holding the Strikeforce bantamweight title, as well as notching wins over Miesha Tate and Alexis Davis, among others, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) decided it’s seen enough of Sarah Kaufman for the time being and did not renew her expired fight contract.
No hard feelings.
Kaufman (17-4, 1 NC) is coming off back-to-back losses, most recently dropping a split decision to 135-pound wunderkind Valentina Shevchenko in a “disgusting” performance that signaled her last for the world’s preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
From her conversation with MMA Fighting:
“It’s all been on me. I understand the UFC’s standpoint. I just haven’t come up with anything. I haven’t done enough to be there right now and I get it. But I know that I should be. I think realistically, if I can have a couple great fights, I can probably be back in the UFC pretty quick and actually doing what I need to be doing to be back at No. 1. I’m happy to fight at 135. I feel strong there. I feel great there. But I think we needed to make a change at some sort. I think 125 mentally is a big challenge for me. That could be very helpful in producing the kind of kick in the butt I need to actually show up into fights, because my last fight was just disgusting.”
Kaufman turns 31 in September.
While a move to flyweight is currently on the table, Kaufman is also considering a potential catchweight bout against longtime featherweight smashing machine Cris Cyborg. That would require a move to Invicta FC, which streams on the UFC Fight Pass digital network.
Or she can take a trip to Los Angeles for this.
Source:: mma mania