Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate doesn’t see any problem with her name being closely tied to Ronda Rousey for so long. Tate believes the rivalry between her and “Rowdy” is the major reason why the UFC decided to have a women’s division.
“In hindsight, I definitely feel like it was a good thing,” Tate told MMAjunkie. “I feel like I was blessed to have a rival like Ronda Rousey. Because, without the two of us, there wasn’t enough. She wasn’t enough by herself, and I wasn’t enough, definitely, by myself. It was the two of us together, our fight in Strikeforce, that made (UFC President) Dana White and (former UFC CEO) Lorenzo Fertitta say, ‘Wow, OK, maybe the UFC can have a women’s division, because these two were competitive.’”
UFC News: Miesha Tate vs Ronda Rousey 3 almost happen
The one-sided rivalry between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey started at Strikeforce. “Rowdy” moved down to 135 pounds to challenge Tate and successfully became the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion. Since then, Tate has been eyeing to take revenge.
Their feud continued in the UFC where Tate replaced Cat Zingano as Rousey’s challenger at UFC 168. Unfortunately, Tate lost once again in the third round via armbar. Still, she didn’t lose hope on fighting Rousey for the third time.
Tate strengthened her chance after beating Holly Holm at UFC 196. Unfortunately, her reign didn’t last long after current champ Amanda Nunes defeated her at UFC 200. If she succeeded in her first title defense, Tate could be given the opportunity to have a trilogy bout against Rousey.
“That was the fight that I was hopefully working toward, and it didn’t come to fruition again. But it almost did,” Tate said. “When Holly Holm fought Ronda Rousey, that was actually supposed to be my fight. I was preparing for that, and it didn’t work out for me, but it did for Holly. And obviously all of that unfolded, and I beat Holly, and it is what it is. But I was ready and prepared in my mind that a third fight with Ronda Rousey was going to happen.”
Is Miesha Tate vs Ronda Rousey 3 still possible?
As of now, it remains questionable if Tate and Rousey will fight again in the Octagon. Tate decided to retire after losing to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205. Meanwhile, Rousey is yet to make an announcement regarding his MMA future since failing to reclaim the belt at UFC 207. However, the potential trilogy bout between the two former UFC champs will surely make the women’s MMA alive again.