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Liz Carmouche to replace Meisha Tate

Updated: February 24, 2011, 12:02 AM ET
By Josh Gross | ESPN.com

Strikeforce women's welterweight champion Marloes Coenen (18-4) will have a new challenger for when she defends the belt March 5 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Meisha Tate, the No. 1 contender at 135 pounds after winning a one-night, four-woman tournament in Phoenix, Ariz., last summer, was forced to withdraw with a knee injury, the promoters announced Wednesday. In her place steps untested 27-year-old Liz Carmouche (5-0) of San Diego.

Carmouche, a former Marine Corps Sergeant ...

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