UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate will be having her first title defense against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 on July 9. Meanwhile, there has been a talk about whom will be her next opponent after this fight.
Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm are predicted to be the next opponent of Miesha Tate. However, it seems like Tate is more interested in fighting Ronda Rousey. Holm tried to have an early rematch with Tate at UFC 200 but the UFC women’s bantamweight champion refused, saying that it will be unfair to other fighters.
Recalling at UFC 196, Miesha Tate grabbed the belt from Holly Holm after defeating her via rear-naked choke in Round 5. Holm seemed to in control of the match and Tate was likely down on the score cards. However, she successfully took down the former undisputed champion and locked her neck. The referee immediately stopped the fight and declared Tate as the winner.
Meanwhile, Miesha Tate is aiming to have her revenge against Ronda Rousey. Rousey has successfully defeated her twice via submission. Tate believes that a potential trilogy fight with Rousey could be the biggest fight in women’s MMA history.
“I know it was a long time ago and it wasn’t as big a platform, … but it was just as devastating to me,” explained Tate. “It was as big as it got [for women’s MMA at the time] and it was as important as anything could ever be to someone.”
However, Miesha Tate stated that she would focus first with her bout against Amanda Nunes. If she failed with her first title defense, her fight with Ronda Rousey will unlikely happen.
“Right now I’m trying to really stay focused on Amanda and I know everyone is excited for that Rousey fight,” Tate said via MMA Fighting. “I hope that’s something that happens. But I don’t want to overlook Amanda, because if I don’t beat Amanda there’s no next.”
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