Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate gave her opinion in the upcoming UFC 207 bout between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey. The 30-year-old mixed martial artist announced retirement after losing against Raquel Pennington at UFC 205. However, Tate’s dream to take revenge against “Rowdy” has not faded away.
Miesha Tate succeeded to steal the belt from Holly Holm at UFC 196. After becoming a champion, she expressed her desire to fight Ronda Rousey for the third time. The one-sided rivalry between the two female MMA fighters started at Strikeforce. Rousey challenged Tate for the title and won via submission in the first round.
The rivalry continued at UFC 168 where Rousey submitted Tate via armbar in the third round. If Tate defended the title at UFC 200, Ronda Rousey opened up the idea of giving her a third bout. However, that didn’t happen as she lost to Amanda Nunes.
Ronda Rousey rested for more than one year before returning to the Octagon. In her comeback fight, she eyes to reclaim the title from Amanda Nunes. Tate, who had experience fighting both female fighters, gave her opinion on the upcoming bout.
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“I guess what’s really difficult for me to decide is what we’re going to get out of Rousey,” Tate said.
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Tate believes that the outcome of the bout depends on Rousey’s mental focus. “Rowdy” admitted that her first loss took her a lot of damage, physically and emotionally. Amanda Nunes is also a powerful striker like Holly Holm. If a distracted Rousey will appear at UFC 207, Tate sees Nunes emerging as the winner by the end of the match.
“I know that Amanda is a very solid fighter and she hits like a ton of bricks,” Tate said. “She’s a very worthy opponent. It should be interesting. … I want Amanda to win. She’s a sweetheart and a good girl. I think she deserves it.”
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