Miesha Tate, twice beaten by Ronda Rousey in her career, says that the former women’s bantamweight champ is a ‘broken woman’.
Miesha “Cupcake” Tate is no stranger to Ronda Rousey.
Their paths first crossed in Strikeforce, where both Rousey and Tate started making a name for themselves. Then, when UFC bought out their contracts from Strikeforce, their paths crossed again. Both matches ended the same, with Rousey winning via armbar submission.
Years later, Rousey and Tate appear to be headed for a collision course in UFC 200, as “Cupcake” spoiled a rematch between Holly Holm and Tate by pulling off an improbable win in UFC 196.
With the match almost a done deal, Miesha Tate is now hounded with questions about her foe. On the Jay Mohr Show, Tate says that she is not facing the same Rousey that defeated her twice before.
“What about Ronda’s mentality? I think Ronda is beating herself up over this. I mean, she previously said that she’s so emotional to the point where she’s considering crazy things. It’s like, this is a broken woman. I don’t know if she’ll ever come back the same,” Tate said on the Jay Mohr Show.
“But I have proven that I can come back from adversity and I do come back and I will come back. And there’s no one in this sport that can break me. I have the strongest mindset of anybody in there. I don’t know where Ronda is with her mindset, but I have to wonder. Is she ever going to come back the same?”
“I just saw how Ronda got demolished with clean striking [against Holm],” Tate said. “I think that I’ve improved so much and I’ve showed that in this fight with Holly.”
Also, Tate has polished her overall moves inside the Octagon, especially with her move to the Xtreme Couture camp in Las Vegas and training under boxing coach Jimmy Gifford.
“Look at how much my striking improved,” Tate said. “From that fight that I fought Ronda, I still had really wild, kind of flinging hooks. I let Ronda come right into that clinch. [I was punching] so wide and open and nothing down in the middle.”
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