Miesha Tate will defend her UFC bantamweight title against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 on July 9, reports MMA Fighting. The news was also confirmed on Wednesday’s episode of UFC Tonight.
It was hugely expected that Miesha Tate will have a rematch with Holly Holm, whom she defeated at UFC 196 on March 5. Tate defeated Holm via a fifth round rear-naked choke and handed down Holm her first UFC career loss. Holm earlier defeated Ronda Rousey at UFC 193.
News of Miesha Tate defending her title comes a day after she signed a new contract with UFC. The announcement was first made by KHI Management via Twitter.
Tate who is a free agent now following her victory over Holm, wanted to defend her title sooner rather than later. But instead of a big fight with either Holm or Rousey, she got Nunes.
Nunes has had three consecutive wins since losing to Cat Zingano at UFC 178 in September 2014. Popularly known as ‘The Lioness’, she most recently had a unanimous victory over Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 196.
News of Miesha Tate fighting Amanda Nunes has got netizens happy and excited. Twitteratis have already expressed their happiness over the fight through their posts.
“Does that mean 3-5 round fights at UFC 200?!,” MMA fighter Al Iaquinta posted.
“UFC 200 is officially out of control! Check out this lineup#UFC200,” UFC fighter Chris Wade tweeted.
UFC flyweight fighter Ben 10 Nguyen said that it’s going to be great fight.
However, some expressed shock that Holly Holm was not given an immediate rematch.
“Wow not giving @HollyHolm the rematch. Crazy,” Ben Askren posted.
“McGregor gets a rematch vs Diaz…at 170…after being submitted in round 2 in 1st fight. Holm gets no rematch vs. Tate. UFC 200, everyone!,” Senior editor of MMA Fighting, Luke Thomas posted.
Some were even quick to point out that Holly Holm’s feud with UFC president, Dana White is the reason why she was denied a rematch.
“The one sided Dana White vs. Holly Holm feud that doesn’t need to exist is truly developing into one of the weirdest things in sports,” Geoff Grammer posted.
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