Tate fought Rousey on two occasions during her memorable career, but was submitted by the Judoka both times. When they battled for the first time, back in 2012, Rousey tapped her with a first round, armbar. Their 2013 rematch lasted until round three, but once again, Tate was submitted by Rousey’s famous / infamous technique.
Of course, not only did Tate lose to Rousey twice, but over the years they formed quite the rivalry. Thus, this is likely why, Tate said the following, when asked by a fan at a Q&A about facing Rousey again (quote via MMA Junkie):
“If I was going to come back, (Rousey) would be the fight that would appeal to me the most,” Tate said. “But at the moment, I’m sorry – it’s just not what I see in my future.”
“I love the submission grappling part of it; it’s definitely something that I plan to continuing doing,” Tate said, while discussing the possibility of competing in grappling tournaments. “(I have) no plans to come out of retirement, but it’s just that if, hypothetically, I was going to, which I’m not, but if I was, (Rousey is) the fight that I would want. That’s the only fight that appeals to me that would even maybe be interesting. But I think I’m past that point in my career – just ready to transition onto the next.”
There you have it. As for Rousey, we still don’t know if she’ll fight again, following her stoppage loss to Amanda Nunes in December. Since she has two wins over Tate, however, one would think the chances of her agreeing to fight “Cupcake” one more time are very slim.
Tate surprised the MMA world last November by announcing she was hanging up the gloves, following a decision loss to Raquel Pennington. The fight was only two bouts removed from Tate’s championship win over Holly Holm in March.