17-2-0, 1NC( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 10 fights.
Record: 17-2-0, 1NC
Summary: Good conditioning, likes striking from any position

Fighter Info

From: Victoria, British Columbia Canada
Fights Out Of: Victoria, British Columbia Canada
Age: 29
Height: 5' 5" ( 165 cm )
Weight: 135 lb ( 61 kg )


Total Attempted Strikes
49% Successful
Types of Successful Strikes
54% Standing
44% Clinch
Striking Defense
The percentage of total strikes avoided


Total Takedowns
100% Successful
Grappling Totals by Type
Takedown Defense
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Sarah Kaufman Apr 16, 2014
202 1 0 1 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Leslie Smith 79 0 0 0
Sarah Kaufman Oct 19, 2013
87 0 0 0 R3 Overturned
Jessica Eye 65 0 0 0
Ronda Rousey Aug 18, 2012
3 1 1 1 R1 Submission
Sarah Kaufman 1 0 0 0
Sarah Kaufman Mar 3, 2012
135 0 0 0 R3 Decision - Majority
Alexis Davis 139 1 0 2
Sarah Kaufman
Strikeforce Challengers 17
Jul 22, 2011
111 0 0 2 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Liz Carmouche 81 1 0 0
Sarah Kaufman
Strikeforce - Diaz vs. Noons 2
Oct 9, 2010
12 0 0 0 R3 Submission
Marloes Coenen 28 1 2 0
Sarah Kaufman
Strikeforce Challengers 9
Jul 23, 2010
80 0 0 0 R3 KO/TKO
Roxanne Modafferi 43 2 0 0
Sarah Kaufman
Strikeforce Challengers 6
Feb 26, 2010
164 1 0 0 R5 Decision - Unanimous
Takayo Hashi 71 0 0 0
Sarah Kaufman
Strikeforce Challengers 2
Jun 19, 2009
88 1 0 1 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Shayna Baszler 38 1 1 1
Sarah Kaufman
Strikeforce Challengers 1
May 15, 2009
90 0 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Miesha Tate 26 2 0 2


TRAINING: A typical day of training starts with either weights or conditioning in the morning, teaching throughout the day, then a hard session of either sparring, wrestling or grappling in the evening. My coach, Adam Zugec, puts me through a tough grind daily which makes the fight that much more enjoyable. Generally, evening training sessions are 5x6min rounds of whichever style we are working on for the day...then I stretch and relax or do a recovery session (like epsom salt bath or ice bath).

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in Muay Thai at 17 when Adam Zugec opened ZUMA below my dance studio. After training for a couple of years I wanted to try competing in local tournaments to test myself and for the challenge. After a couple of those, Adam asked if I wanted to take my first pro fight on June 3, 2006. I said "YES" and fell in love with the sport.

What ranks and titles have you held? Strikeforce Welterweight World Champion, Hardcore Championship Fighting Bantamweight World Champion, BJJ Purple Belt

Do you have any heroes? For the most part I look up to anyone who is doing what he/she wants to do and putting everything he/she has into it.

What does it mean for you to fight in STRIKEFORCE? Strikeforce is definitely the largest stage for Female MMA Fighters out there. I am honored to be a part of the organization, and to have had the opportunity to push the boundaries for other females in the sport (the first female to fight a 5 min rd in Strikeforce, first 135lb Champion, first female to get on ESPN Plays of the Week). I look forward to all that is coming up for me and the other females in the future.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I did 2 years of a Biology Degree at University of Victoria. I originally wanted to go to med school, but decided part way through that it was the wrong path for me.

What was your job before you started fighting? I used to be a cashier and bakery girl at Safeway, as well as a tutor before I really started getting involved in MMA, but since then I've been working full time teaching and managing ZUMA.

Specific accomplishments in pro competition?
  Was on ESPN Plays of the Week for the Roxanne Modafferi KO. Won KO of the Year by WAMMA 2010. Nominated for Fighter's Only Female Fighter of the Year 2009, 2010.

If any, list ranks in any martial arts styles: BJJ Purple Belt

Favorite grappling technique: Flower Sweep

Favorite Striking technique: Anything that involves punching (other than backfists :D)

What do you consider to be the key fight in your career, and why? I guess it would have to be the Marloes Coenen Fight in Oct 2010. It is my only loss, and it will be the defining fight for how I come back and prove myself once again as the top female in the 135lb division.
Smart Fighter: Not wishing to become a professional dancer, Kaufman attended the University of Victoria with the goal of becoming a cardiovascular surgeon. After two years, Kaufman decided the fighting was what she really wanted to do in life.

Career Highlight:
Kaufman defeated Roxanne Modafferi with a highlight-reel KO via powerslam, which was featured on ESPN’s top plays of the week, a first for female MMA. The bout is also the only female fight in the UFC Ultimate 100 Knockouts. Has had notable matchups with Miesha Tate, Shayna Baszler, Roxanne Modafferi, Liz Carmouche and Ronda Rousey.

While not training, Kaufman is a highly-sought strength and conditioning trainer and coaches male and female pro athletes. She is also heavily involved in local fundraising and non-profit initiatives.


Key Opponents

Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate
( W-L-D )
Alexis Davis
Alexis Davis
( W-L-D )

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