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Miesha Tate: ‘If I was going to come back, (Ronda Rousey) would be the fight that would appeal to me the most’

Former women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (Photo courtesy: @rondarousey/Instagram)
PHOTOGRAPH: @rondarousey/Instagram | Former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is currently enjoying her life as a retired mixed-martial-arts (MMA) fighter and has showed no indication of changing her mind. However, Tate would love to come out of retirement for a third bout with Ronda Rousey.

“If I was going to come back, (Rousey) would be the fight that would appeal to me the most,” Tate told fans during a Q&A prior to today’s UFC Fight Night 107 in London. “But at the moment, I’m sorry – it’s just not what I see in my future.”

The one-sided rivalry between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey started at Strikeforce. “Rowdy” became the first title challenger of the then-Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate after winning four consecutive bouts. Tate believes that Rousey only grabbed the opportunity because she’s “pretty” and not because she’s deserving.

On the day of the fight, Rousey immediately showed why she deserved to fight for the title by defeating Tate via armbar in the first round. UFC president Dana White believed that the fight brought a huge impact in women’s MMA. When Tate decided to join the UFC, she expressed her intention to have her rematch against Ronda Rousey, who became the inaugural UFC women’s bantamweight champion.

After top contender Cat Zingano suffered a knee injury, Tate served as her replacement to fight Rousey. The rematch took place at UFC 168 where Tate lost again via armbar in the third round. At UFC 196, Tate managed to bounce back and steal the women’s bantamweight belt from Holly Holm, who dethroned Rousey at UFC 193.

Prior to her first title defense, Miesha Tate called out Ronda Rousey. “Rowdy” responded and expressed her intention to give Tate a third bout. Unfortunately, the idea was scrapped after Amanda Nunes defeated Tate at UFC 200.

Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate unlikely to fight again in the Octagon

At UFC 207, Nunes only needed 48 seconds to knock out Rousey. After suffering from two consecutive losses, Rousey and Tate’s MMA career became uncertain. As of now, they are both making themselves busy. Rousey became part of the TV show “Blindspot” and expressed her intention to shoot more episodes.

Meanwhile, Tate worked as an analyst on FS1’s pre and post-fight UFC programming and frequently attends live events. She admitted that her current lifestyle provides more satisfaction than preparing for fights.

“I love that I’m able to do more of this and be able to connect more with the fans,” Tate said. “Obviously if I was fighting this weekend I wouldn’t be here doing this. So there’s pros and cons. I had a long career, especially for a female. I fought for 11 years, and now I’ve transitioned to other ways of enjoying the sport, so it’s not all bad.”

Photo courtesy: @rondarousey/Instagram

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