Unbeaten Muay Thai champion Germaine “The Iron Lady” de Randamie will likely face Stephanie Webber in a women’s matchup on the undercard of the upcoming Strikeforce: “Diaz vs Cyborg” event on January 29th. The proposed bout would mark both fighters’ debuts with the San Jose-based promotion.
A source close to the negotiations confirmed with MMARising.com that both fighters have verbally agreed to the fight, but bout agreements have not yet been signed. De Randamie sports an incredible 48-0 record in Muay Thai and holds a victory over recent Strikeforce signee Julia “The Jewel” Budd.
De Randamie (1-1-0 MMA) made her mixed martial arts debut just over two years ago in a striker vs grappler matchup with former 135-pound contender Vanessa Porto. She succumbed to a Porto armbar in the latter half of round one and would not compete again in MMA for nearly 21 months. De Randamie earned her first win in the sport last September when she scored a Unanimous Decision over Nikohl Johnson at Playboy Fight Night 5 and will now receive a big opportunity with Strikeforce despite her limited MMA experience. She is regarded by many as the best female kickboxer in the world.
Webber (1-1-0), a product of Victory Athletics in Washington, was also defeated by way of armbar in her pro MMA debut. Webber was submitted by Julianna “The Venezuelan Vixen” Peña – who, herself, had been set to debut for Strikeforce last year – in a December 2009 CageSport contest. Webber got her first victory when she submitted Canadian Keri “Crusher” Scarr in October and she would make a considerable statement if she is able to upset de Randamie. Webber is known more for her ground game and should hold an advantage if she is able to take de Randamie down.
Strikeforce: “Diaz vs Cyborg” takes place on Saturday, January 29th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The event is headlined by a Strikeforce Welterweight Championship bout between Nick Diaz and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, and also features a Strikeforce Middleweight Championship fight between Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza and “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler. The de Randamie-Webber matchup was first mentioned on SportsGeeks Radio on Sunday.