Sarah Kaufman hears the same questions over and over these days. It gets a little tiresome at times, but she knows she brought it on herself. She's the squeaky wheel who demanded some grease on live television.
"It was one of those things that needed to be said at the time," she told MMA Fighting this week. "If I was in the same situation again I would do it again, for sure."
By it, of course, she means the moment right after her knockout slam of Roxanne Modafferi in her last Strikeforce 135-pound title defense when she took to the mic and called for her employer to stop relegating her fights to the small-time Challengers cards and start giving her the respect a champion deserves.
"I think I deserve it," she said into the camera. "Put me on there."
Now that she's getting her wish in a televised title defense against Dutch fighter Marloes Coenen on the Showtime portion of Saturday night's Strikeforce: Diaz vs.Noons II card, everyone wants to know what she thinks about it. It's almost as if the fight itself has become an afterthought, and what it represents is getting all the attention.