Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate gives her prediction in the possible comeback fight of Ronda Rousey against the reigning champion Amanda Nunes.
Amanda Nunes is yet to announce her opponent for her first title defense after stealing the belt from Miesha Tate. However, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion expressed her interest in fighting Ronda Rousey than Julianna Pena and Valentina Schevchenko.
UFC president Dana White revealed in the past months that Ronda Rousey will be fighting whoever is the champion when she decided to return to the Octagon. There were reports saying that she plans to fight before the year ends, but is yet to make a formal announcement.
According to MMA Fighting, though Rousey’s return is still not confirmed, Amanda Nunes is hoping to defend her belt on December 30 at UFC 207 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nunes said that her first title defense should be against the former champion.
Amanda Nunes had won the women’s bantamweight belt with a dominant win against Miesha Tate in July. Before being dethroned, Tate was also aiming to fight Ronda Rousey. Tate and Rousey were mortal rivals in the world of female MMA.
If Tate had successfully defended the belt, there is no doubt that Rousey will agree to fight her for the third time. In the rumored comeback fight of “Rowdy”, Miesha Tate gives her prediction if Rousey will fight the reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion.
“I feel like there’s so many weird variables, it’s really, really hard to say, because who knows what we’re going to get out of Ronda when she comes back,” Tate said during Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “If we’re getting Ronda at the best that she’s ever been, then I’d say Ronda (would win the fight).”
“But if we’re getting Ronda coming back with a half-ass mentality, kind of like ‘I just feel like I have to do this one time,’ and then she’s got a lot of ring rust and maybe she’s still punch-shy since she hasn’t fought since Holly, and we all saw that obviously, Amanda has incredible power with her right hand. So if she hits Ronda with one of those, I could see it being a huge problem for Ronda. A big, big problem.”
There is no doubt that Miesha Tate is rooting for Ronda Rousey to win the fight. However, it was almost a year since Rousey was last seen in action in the Octagon. If she faces Amanda Nunes unprepared, “Rowdy” could suffer her second loss in the UFC.
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