Sarah Kaufman had a hard time getting a fight booked but now she has two in less than two months.
Kaufman (22-5), from Victoria, B.C., returned back in Nov. 2021 and picked up a first-round TKO win over Jessy Miele at BTC 13. Before she took that fight, however, she had agreed to headline Pallas Athena WFC 1 on Jan. 15 in Calgary, Alta. against Brazilian Claudia Leite (7-2).
“This one was actually booked before I took the fight back in November. They contacted me back in August or September. I have known about this fight for a while,” Kaufman said to MMA Empire.
“When I took my last fight, I just needed to be active. I knew I had enough time after my last one to get ready for this one. I also know fights fall through easy so I needed to jump at the chance to fight.”
When Kaufman, 36, makes the walk to the cage she will do so fighting for the bantamweight title. It will be another five-round fight for the Canadian, but she believes this is just another fight.
Kaufman knows how good she is and although she doesn’t know much about her opponent, she is confident she will be able to get the stoppage win to improve to 23-5 as a professional.
“Basically, what you see online is what I know. I know she has fought for Cris Cyborg’s promotion, so I’m sure she has some hype in Brazil. But when they offered me I didn’t know who she was,” Kaufman explained.
“However, even when I got the fight offer I said yes before looking her up. I know how good I am and there is no one out there who scares me. She’s going to come in and actually fight me, which I think will lead me to get another finish.”
If Kaufman does get the stoppage win on Saturday night, she believes it should get her back in the UFC.
It would be two wins in a row and two by stoppage, which will only cement the fact she is one of the best bantamweights alive.
“I’ve never cared about winning a regional title belt, I care about being considered the best in the world. To do that I need to get back to the UFC, which is where I think I belong. I’ve proven I’m one of the best and hopefully this win gets me back there.”