Fresh off of her successful pro MMA debut in March, Olympic Judo Bronze Medallist “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will return to action on June 17th. The judoka will face standout kickboxer Charmaine “Not So Sweet” Tweet for Hard Knocks Fighting Championship in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
MMARising.com confirmed plans for the fight with the promotion today. The matchup will be contested at 150 pounds, slightly above Rousey’s previous fighting weight of 145, and will be part of “School of Hard Knocks 12” at the Century Casino in Calgary. Tweet will be making her professional debut.
Rousey (1-0-0) picked up three victories as an amateur fighter before turning pro in March. Her amateur fights lasted 23, 57 and 24 seconds, respectively, for a total time of just 1:44. All three ended in armbar submission wins for the judo star. She wasted no time in her pro debut, either, as she quickly took down once-touted Brazilian Ediane “India” Gomes and forced a tap with an armbar in 25 seconds.
Despite the quick wins, Rousey still has her critics in MMA. She made headlines last year after stating her intentions to challenge Strikeforce Women’s Middleweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos by the end of 2011. Thus far, however, Rousey has backed up her words and lofty goal, but she will face a highly skilled striker in June.
Tweet (0-0-0) is a multi-time kickboxing champion who formerly trained with Duke Roufus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Now living and training in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Tweet has turned her attention to mixed martial arts and will make her amateur debut against Tia Wishart on May 28th; less than three weeks before turning pro to face Rousey.
With an impressive striking pedigree, Tweet will hold a decided advantage over Rousey if she is able to keep the fight on the feet, but as Rousey has proven in each of her past bouts, that is much easier said than done.
Hard Knocks Fighting Championship: “School of Hard Knocks 12” takes place on June 17th at the Century Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.