Sarah Kaufman (fighter)

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Sarah Kaufman
Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Champion, Sarah Kaufman.jpg
Kaufman with the Strikeforce women's bantamweight belt at AFC II Aftershock in 2010
Born (1985-09-20) September 20, 1985 (age 32)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1]
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Reach 66.0 in (168 cm)[2]
Style Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Victoria, British Columbia
Team Zugec Ultimate Martial Arts
Jackson's MMA
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active 2006-Present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 25
Wins 20
By knockout 10
By submission 1
By decision 9
Losses 4
By submission 3
By decision 1
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Sarah Kaufman (born September 20, 1985) is a Canadian mixed martial artist (MMA). She competes in the women's bantamweight division where she is the Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion.[1] Kaufman was the first Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion and was also the first and only Hardcore Championship Fighting Women's Bantamweight Champion.[4]

Kaufman is the #8-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by[5] and the #4-ranked 135-pound female fighter according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.[6]


Kaufman is a graduate of Claremont Secondary School and attended two years at the University of Victoria with a goal of becoming a cardiovascular surgeon.[1] Kaufman's father is Jewish.[7]

A dancer since the age of two, Kaufman had joined a dance company and danced everything from ballet to jazz to hip-hop. When she was 17,[1] an MMA school was opened by Adam Zugec in the building where her dance company rehearsed. She joined the school for an aerobics kickboxing class.[8][9] Enjoying it, she quickly began taking as many classes as Zugec offered.[1]

While being interviewed on February 15, 2010 by MMA Junkie Radio, Kaufman revealed that she had obtained a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She was awarded her brown belt[3] on October 1, 2011.[10]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Kaufman faced Valérie Létourneau at TKO 29 - Repercussion on June 1, 2007. She won the fight via TKO in the second round.[11] This was the first female MMA fight in the promotion's history.[11]

She captured the Hardcore Championship Fighting Women's Bantamweight Championship by defeating Ginele Marquez via TKO in the second round at HCF - Title Wave on October 19, 2007.[12]

Kaufman faced Molly Helsel at HCF - Crow's Nest on March 29, 2008. She won the fight via TKO in the second round. This was her only title defense before the promotion folded in 2008.[4]

On April 23, 2009, she faced Sarah Schneider for Palace Fighting Championship and won the fight via TKO in the second round.[13]

Kaufman debuted for Armageddon Fighting Championship on April 2, 2011 at the promotion's fifth event, Judgment Day, where she fought in front of her hometown of Victoria, British Columbia.[14][15] She defeated Megumi Yabushita by TKO in the third round of the main event.[16]


Less than one month later on May 15, 2009 at Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Aina, Kaufman made her Strikeforce debut as a late replacement against wrestler Miesha Tate.[17] Kaufman won the fight by Unanimous Decision, but it was the first time that she had gone the distance in her career.[18]

She fought again five weeks later on June 19, 2009 at Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg against submission specialist Shayna Baszler and once again won via Unanimous Decision. The fight marked the first time that a women's bout was contested under five-minute rounds in Strikeforce.[19]

Women's Bantamweight Champion[edit]

Kaufman was set to face highly touted Japanese standout Takayo Hashi at Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi on November 20, 2009, but the fight was later removed from the card. It was first rescheduled for January 2010,[20] but finally took place on February 26, 2010.[21] The fight crowned the first Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion (135 lbs).[22] Kaufman won the fight by Unanimous Decision.[23]

In an interview posted on May 12, 2010, Kaufman stated that she was no longer under contract with Strikeforce.[24] However, Strikeforce maintained that Kaufman's contract was automatically extended following her title victory over Takayo Hashi and she remained with the promotion.[25]

Kaufman defended her Strikeforce title against Roxanne Modafferi at Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. Mahe on July 23, 2010.[26] She won the fight via knockout due to a slam in the third round.[27]

Kaufman faced Marloes Coenen on October 9, 2010 in San Jose, California.[28] Kaufman was defeated by Coenen at 1:59 of the third round by submission after tapping out to an armbar applied from the bottom. This marked the first loss in Kaufman's MMA career and she relinquished the Women's Bantamweight Championship.[29]

After losing Championship[edit]

Kaufman (right) versus Megumi Yabushita at Armageddon Fighting Championship 5: Judgment Day

On July 22, 2011, Kaufman defeated Liz Carmouche via unanimous decision at Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III in Las Vegas, Nevada.[30]

On January 7, 2012, it was announced that Kaufman would face Alexis Davis in a rematch at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey on March 3 in Columbus, Ohio.[31] Kaufman won the back and forth bout via majority decision.[32]

Kaufman challenged Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey on August 18, 2012, in San Diego, California.[33] She was defeated by submission due to an armbar early in the first round.[34][35]

Kaufman's tenure with Strikeforce ended when the promotion ran its final show in January 2013, having been purchased and eventually closed by UFC owners Zuffa LLC.[36]

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]

Kaufman was scheduled to make her Invicta FC debut against Kaitlin Young at Invicta Fighting Championships 3 on October 6, 2012.[37] However, on September 17, it was reported that Kaufman had suffered an injury and would not be able to compete.[38]

Kaufman faced Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson on April 5, 2013.[39] This was her promotional debut. She won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[40][41] The bout was named Fight of the Night.[42]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On February 25, 2013, Kaufman signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship along with four other women. She was expected to make her promotional debut against Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night 27 on August 28, 2013.[43] However, McMann withdrew from the bout for undisclosed personal reasons.[44] As a result, Kaufman was pulled from the event as well.[45]

Kaufman faced fellow UFC newcomer Jessica Eye at UFC 166 on October 19, 2013.[46] She lost the fight via controversial split decision.[47][48][49] However, in February 2014, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation changed the result to "no decision" with no reason given for the change.[50] It was later revealed that Eye had failed her post-fight drug test for marijuana.[51]

Kaufman was expected to face Shayna Baszler at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale.[52] However, it was announced on April 1, 2014 that Baszler pulled out due to injury.[53] Kaufman was then scheduled to face Amanda Nunes,[54] but Nunes withdrew as well. Kaufman eventually faced former opponent Leslie Smith on the card.[55] She won the fight via unanimous decision.

After over a year away from the sport, Kaufman returned to face Alexis Davis for a third time on April 25, 2015 at UFC 186. Despite seemingly winning the first round due to her dominant striking, Kaufman lost the fight in the second round via submission.

Kaufman was scheduled to face Germaine de Randamie at UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2. However, De Randamie pulled out of the fight on December 3 citing an injury. Kaufman instead faced Valentina Shevchenko.[56] She lost the fight via split decision.[57]

Kaufman became a free agent after the UFC did not resign her to a new contract after the loss to Valentina Shevchenko.[58]

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]

It was announced on December 6, 2017 that Kaufman was signed by Invicta Fighting Championships.[59]

Kaufman faced Pannie Kianzad on January 13, 2018 at Invicta FC 27.[60] At weight-ins, Kianzad weighted 136.7 Ibs, missing 1.7 Ibs of the upper limit of bantamweight of 135 Ibs and the bout proceeded at catchweight. Kianzad was fined twenty five percent of her purse for falling make weight.[61] Kaufman won the fight via unanimous decision.[62]

Kaufman faced German bantamweight Katharina Lehner at Invicta FC 29 on May 4 with the vacant Invicta FC bantamweight title on the line. Kaufman won the bout in the third round via rear-naked choke.[63]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 20–4 (1) Katharina Lehner Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 29: Kaufman vs. Lehner May 4, 2018 3 4:30 Kansas City, Missouri Won the vacant Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship
Win 19–4 (1) Pannie Kianzad Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 27: Kaufman vs. Kianzad January 13, 2018 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri
Win 18–4 (1) Jessica-Rose Clark Decision (unanimous) Battlefield FC: Korea March 18, 2017 3 5:00 Seoul, South Korea
Loss 17–4 (1) Valentina Shevchenko Decision (split) UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2 December 19, 2015 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Loss 17–3 (1) Alexis Davis Submission (armbar) UFC 186 April 25, 2015 2 1:52 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 17–2 (1) Leslie Smith Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy April 16, 2014 3 5:00 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
NC 16–2 (1) Jessica Eye NC (overturned) UFC 166 October 19, 2013 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Originally a split decision win for Eye; overturned after she tested positive for marijuana.
Win 16–2 Leslie Smith Decision (split) Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson April 5, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 15–2 Ronda Rousey Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman August 18, 2012 1 0:54 San Diego, California, United States For the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 15–1 Alexis Davis Decision (majority) Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey March 3, 2012 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 14–1 Liz Carmouche Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III July 22, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–1 Megumi Yabushita TKO (punches) AFC 5: Judgment Day April 2, 2011 3 3:34 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 12–1 Marloes Coenen Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II October 9, 2010 3 1:59 San Jose, California, United States Lost the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 12–0 Roxanne Modafferi KO (slam) Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. Mahe July 23, 2010 3 4:45 Everett, Washington, United States Defended the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 11–0 Takayo Hashi Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi February 26, 2010 5 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Won the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 10–0 Shayna Baszler Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg June 19, 2009 3 5:00 Kent, Washington, United States
Win 9–0 Miesha Tate Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Aina May 15, 2009 3 3:00 Fresno, California, United States
Win 8–0 Sarah Schneider TKO (punches) PFC: Best of Both Worlds 2 April 23, 2009 2 1:43 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 7–0 Molly Helsel TKO (punches) HCF: Crow's Nest March 29, 2008 2 2:44 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada Defended the HCF Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Ginele Marquez TKO (punches) HCF: Title Wave October 19, 2007 2 3:22 Calgary, Alberta, Canada Won the HCF Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Valérie Létourneau TKO (punches) TKO 29: Repercussion June 1, 2007 2 1:36 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 4–0 Alexis Davis TKO (punches) UWC 7: Anarchy April 7, 2007 3 N/A Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 3–0 Misty Shearer TKO (doctor stoppage) King of the Cage: Amplified November 26, 2006 2 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 2–0 Sarah Draht TKO (punches) King of the Cage: Insurrection October 6, 2006 1 0:17 Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Win 1–0 Liz Posener KO (punch) North American Challenge 23 June 3, 2006 3 1:03 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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External links[edit]

New championship 1st Women's Welterweight Champion
February 26, 2010 - October 9, 2010
Succeeded by
Marloes Coenen