Miesha Tate still has some work to do yet, but by decisioning Jessica Eye at UFC on FOX 16 the bantamweight did take one step further towards a third fight with Ronda Rousey.
As any big fan knows, Tate and Rousey have fought on two occasions, and both times, the latter won the bout with one of her feared armbars. Over the last few years, Tate and Rousey have formed quite the rivalry. As in real, genuine dislike.
Following Tate’s victory on Saturday, “Cupcake” was asked about her title shot prospects, and locking up a third fight with the champion.
Here is some of what Tate had to say about “Rowdy” and what’s more important, fighting Rousey for a third time, or getting a crack at the belt. Rousey, of course, if booked to fight Bethe Correia at UFC 190 next Saturday (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I mean, a bigger goal for me would be a win over Ronda, but in the big picture, my biggest goal is getting gold,” said Tate, after also relaying “I love punching Ronda in the face”. “I want to say before I retire that I was the UFC world champion, so at the end of the day it doesn’t matter who has the belt. That’s the biggest goal.”
There you have it. Now would the UFC consider booking Tate for a third fight with Rousey at this juncture? Probably not. But, if Tate can defeat say two more top contenders, and Rousey doesn’t have another viable opponent, it could happen.
Since her last loss to Rousey in 2013, Tate has gone on to defeat Liz Carmouche, Rin Nakai, Sara McMann and Eye. The only other woman who has defeated her in the UFC is Cat Zingano.
Rousey-Correia will headline UFC 190, which will be hosted by Rio de Janeiro on August 1st.