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Couture off Strikeforce card

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kim-couture.jpg has learned that Kim Couture has withdrawn from a scheduled fight with Meisha Tate at SHO MMA: Strikeforce Challenger Series on May 15 in Fresno, Calif. The two were set to meet in a 135-pound contest on the main card of the event featuring the promotion's up-and-comers.

Multiple sources close to the situation confirmed the news Tuesday evening, and a subsequent post from Tate's Myspace blog echoed the change.

In the post, Tate claims Couture pulled out of the fight because of marital problems between her and husband Randy Couture.

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Couture, 1-1 as a professional mixed martial artist, was to face her toughest test in the ground-savvy Tate, who's resume stands at 7-1.

Couture battered previous opponent Lina Kvokov last November at Strikeforce: Destruction in her first appearance since sustaining a broken jaw during her professional debut at Banner Promotion's "Night of Combat" in June.

Tate was victorious in her last appearance at Atlas Fights: USA vs. Brazil in February, submitting Dora Baptiste inside two minutes.

Strikeforce officials were unavailable for comment at the time of publication.