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Tate says a prime Rousey beats Nunes at UFC 207

Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey, right, and trainer Edmond Tarverdyan get ready for her workout at Glendale Fighting Club, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Glendale, Calif. Rousey, the UFC bantamweight champion, will return to the octagon against Brazil’s unbeaten Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Miesha Tate is one of few fighters on the UFC roster that’s experienced the strengths of both women fighting for the UFC women’s championship at UFC 207.

What’s more, Tate says if a prime version of Ronda Rousey shows up to the T-Mobile Arena on Dec. 30, she has a strong chance of walking out a two-time UFC women’s bantamweight champion.

“I think if Ronda is at her height, I would probably say Ronda [wins]. I always tend to favor grapplers. That’s just my bias. I think it’s more probable for a fight to go to the ground and get finished than it is for a clean knockout. That’s less common in women’s MMA,” Tate told ESPN (h/t MMA Fighting). “So, if you factor that in, I think Ronda is the stronger grappler.”

Rousey hasn’t fought since dropping a knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 last November.

Nunes, meanwhile, is the third woman to hold the 135-pound championship since Rousey took a hiatus following the loss.

While Tate likes Rousey’s chances, she — like many those poised to watch the contest — wonders what version of Rousey will set foot inside the Octagon at UFC 207.

“What’s so weird about this fight is all the X factors,” Tate said. “Amanda is a really tenacious fighter and I think she’s going to have a newfound confidence coming into this fight.

“I guess what I don’t know is how Ronda is going to show up. I’m pretty confident about what Amanda will show up, but Ronda – it has been such a long time. Ring rust can be a very real thing and how is she going to be as far as being punch-shy? She knows Amanda is heavy-handed, and after being cracked by Holly, does that change the mindset of someone like Ronda who kind of believed, along with many others, she was untouchable?”

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