Miesha Tate has questioned whether Ronda Rousey will ever be the dominant fighter she once was, and as the latter’s Octagon return nears, that hasn’t changed.
Rousey is preparing for a December 30th bout with new bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, which will go down in the headliner of UFC 207 in Las Vegas. Not long ago, Tate warned her rival to to not bring a “half-ass mentality” to the upcoming bout with Nunes. Now, in a more recent interview, Tate had this to say about Rousey’s return (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I guess what’s really difficult for me to decide is what we’re going to get out of Rousey,” Tate said. “Is she doing it because she wants to or is she doing it before she feels obligated? Is that knockout going to be in the back of her mind? Is she going to be punch shy? It’s kind of like – I remember when I went skiing for the first time, I was like 5 years old and I just blitzed down the hill. I had no fear. The first time that I wrecked really, really hard is when I realized this is actually dangerous … so you kind of wonder what has that put in the back of her mind?”
Even if you’re the biggest Rousey fan, you have to admit these are valid questions. We haven’t seen Rousey back in action since she was brutally KO’d by Holly Holm last November. And, you do have to wonder if Rousey might feel obligated to fight again, rather than walk away after suffering such her first and only defeat.
All these questions are good reasons why UFC 207 will likely move plenty of pay-per-view buys.
The year-end card will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.