Now that Miesha Tate has defeated another top contender, and has won four straight, there’s some talk about a third fight with bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey. According to “Rowdy’s” coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, however, another fight with Rousey would be a very, very, bad idea for “Cupcake.”
As you know, Rousey holds two wins over Tate, and ordinarily, that would mean most people wouldn’t be talking about a third fight. But, since the two are bitter rivals, and because Rousey doesn’t appear to have a long list of viable contenders, talk of Rousey-Tate III continues.
Well, following Tate’s UD win over Jessica Eye at UFC on FOX 16 this past weekend, and in advance of Rousey’s scrap with Bethe Correia this Saturday, Tarverdyan appeared on “The MMA Hour”. While discussing the possibility of a third bout between Rousey and Tate, here is some of what the coach had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“[Tate]’s been doing a bit better, it seems like for her,” Tarverdyan said. “But it’s cool. I like that fight. I’m real excited for that fight, actually. Because this time I’m going to make sure that Miesha Tate gets really punished and knows what she’s getting into. It’s not gonna be good for her career. She’s gonna get a lot of damage and I’m gonna make sure it’s not healthy for her career.”
Chances are Tate’s supporters aren’t going to care for these comments huh? Part of the reason Tarverdyan is saying this,however, is because according to the coach, Rousey was at less than 100% for both of her fights with Tate. Tarverdyan says Rousey was ill leading into their first encounter back in 2012, and that “Rowdy” had a shortened camp for their rematch in 2013, due to acting obligations.
Interestingly enough, the Glendale Fighting Club instructor also believes Tate is deserving of a third fight, even though, she’s 0-2 against the champ.
Now, all this talk is a bit premature of course. First off, Rousey has to get by Correia on August 1st, and if Cris “Cyborg” can make the drop to 135 later this year, then the UFC will likely do everything in it’s power to book that fight, which would be huge.
UFC 190 will go down at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.