Miesha Tate may not be one of the first names that gets thrown out during ‘who can beat Ronda Rousey’ debates, but the bantamweight vet clearly believes it should be. In fact, according to Tate, her name belongs right at the top of that list.
Of course there’s no denying that Tate is one of the UFC’s top 135’ers, but since she’s been finished by Rousey on two occasions now, some fans don’t see her as a legit threat to the champ’s reign. Part of that could be because Rousey’s scheduled to fight Cat Zingano in February, and there’s still a lot of buzz about the possibility of a Rousey-Cris “Cyborg” fight down the line (Tate was also stopped by Zingano in April, 2013).
Well, Tate recently spoke to FOX Sports about her bout this Saturday with Sarah McMann, and not surprisingly, Rousey came up. After all, despite the fact Tate has two losses to the champ, she is still the promotion’s #2 bantamweight. Here is some of what Tate had to say about Rousey and the title shot picture.
“If Ronda wins, she’s beating all the other girls, so all I have to do is ward off the other No. 1 contenders like I have been. I think I have the best shot at beating her and I think I’ve proven that going into the third round with her. Regardless, it’s always fun for me to fight Ronda,” Tate said.
“I enjoy it, I thrive on it, because my No. 1 goal is to become the best fighter that I can be and Ronda always pushes me to do that.”
If you need a refresher, Tate and Rousey fought for the first time in 2012 under the Strikeforce banner, and the latter won the bout via a first round, armbar. The rivals met again in December, 2013, and Rousey tapped Tate out with an armbar in the third frame. So, as Tate noted, she’ll likely have to defeat several more top contenders before she gets a shot at the title once again.
More recently, Tate has scored back-to-back decision wins over Liz Carmouche and Rin Nakia. McMann, on the other hand, is coming off a split decision win over Lauren Murphy, after she was quickly stopped by Rousey last February.
UFC 183 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.