Sarah Kaufman (born in 1985 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a professional female mixed martial artist, fighting in the 135-pound bantamweight category.
She was the first and only Hardcore Championship Fighting Women’s Bantamweight Champion and the former Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight (135lb) Champion with a record of 16-2.
Sarah Kaufman (born in 1985 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a graduate of Victoria’s Claremont Secondary School and attended two years at the University of Victoria with a goal of becoming a cardiovascular surgeon.
A dancer since the age of two, Kaufman joined a dance company and danced everything from ballet to jazz to hip-hop. When she was 17, a mixed martial arts school was opened by Adam Zugec in the building where her dance company rehearsed. She joined the school for a women’s Muay Thai class as a fitness alternative. Enjoying it, she quickly began taking as many classes as Zugec offered.
Sarah currently coaches over 20 classes per week at ZUMA Martial Arts in a variety of disciplines for ages three to 55+. There are two facets to Sarah’s coaching: enhancing the health and wellness of the ZUMA community she has helped to build, and training other elite athletes (Jamie Benn, Ryan O’Byrne, National 7s Women’s Rugby Team, National 7s Men’s Rugby Team, National Junior Moguls Team) who seek her out for conditioning as well as sport specific skill development.
The list of community groups whom Sarah provides coaching to on her own time is long. She also frequently donates her time and services to local fundraising events and not-for-profit organizations. Sarah is committed to the development of the sport and spends countless hours sharing her knowledge with upcoming amateur and professional mixed martial artists.
Sarah Kaufman is a professional female mixed martial artist, fighting in the 135-pound bantamweight category with a record of 16-2 (10 KO/TKOs). She is known in the MMA community as being friendly outside the cage but being unrelenting in her attack once the bell is rung. This is evidenced by her Fighter’s Only World MMA Awards nomination for Female Fighter of the Year in four consecutive years 2009-2012.
She was the first and only Hardcore Championship Fighting Women’s Bantamweight Champion and the former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion.
In her first Strikeforce title defence in July 2010, Sarah took on Roxanne Modafferi and won via KO Slam in the 3rd round – which made ESPN’s top plays of the week; this was the first time that any mixed martial artist – male or female – was featured. The same slam also earned Kaufman MMA Rising’s Knockout of the Year Award.
In her 2nd title defence, Sarah suffered her first loss to Marloes Coenen via armbar in rd 3. Bouncing back, Sarah earned a TKO win over Megumi Yabushita at AFC, then a UD win over Liz Carmouche in Strikeforce. In 2012, Sarah had an exciting fight with Alexis Davis (which also earned her Fight of the Year from WMMA Awards) which earned her another title shot at new champion, Ronda Rousey. Unfortunately, Sarah started slow and got caught really early in an armbar.
On April 5, 2013 Sarah fought Leslie Smith earning her Fight of the Night accolades and bringing her record to 16-2. Sarah is scheduled to make her UFC debut, against undefeated, Olympic silver medalist, Sara McMann on August 28.
|Bankers Life Fieldhouse||Indianapolis, Indiana||08/28/13||4:30pm||USA|
|Valley View Casino Centre||San Diego, CA||08/18/12||7:00pm||USA|
|The Pearl||Las Vegas, NV||07/22/11||7:00pm||US|
|Bear Mountain Arena||Victoria, BC||04/02/11||7:00pm||Canada|
|HP Pavilion||San Jose, CA||10/09/10||7:00pm|
|Comcast Arena||Everett, WA||07/23/10||8:00pm||US|
|Henry's Tae Kwon Do and Combative Training Center||Christiansburg, VA||04/17/10||12:00pm||USA|
|GFight Summit||Evansville, Ind||03/22/10||8:00pm||US|
|Strikeforce Challenger Series||San Jose, CA||02/26/10||8:00pm|
|Strikeforce Challenger Series||Kent, Washington||06/19/09||8:00pm|
|Strikeforce Challenger Series||Fresno, CA||05/15/09||8:00pm|
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