There will always be a link between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey’s name as two of MMA’s more bitter rivals. And with the recent news that Rousey is indeed returning to the Octagon, Tate wants to get one more chance to defeat her.
Tate knew she would have to wait though, as she figured Rousey was going to get a title fight upon returning, which Tate no longer holds.
“I already knew that was going to happen, so I just tried not to overthink it,” Tate said, via MMA Fighting. “I fully anticipated that if and when [Rousey] made her comeback, that it would be for a title shot, so given that, it was no surprise.”
Rousey will fight Amanda Nunes, the woman who won the title from Tate, at UFC 207. Tate understands completely though and thinks it is plenty warranted.
“Ronda, for the longest time, was one of the best in the world, and if you want to make an argument, you could say she had an off-night like I did,” Tate said. “So, she’s still a big presence in this sport even though she’s been gone a long time. It’s going to create a lot of viewership and I guess in that sense, from a business perspective it makes sense.”
Rousey recently said her MMA career is not going to last much longer, saying the UFC 207 fight is going to be one of her last. Tate hopes there is room for a third fight against Rousey after fighting her in 2012 under the Strikeforce banner, and then in 2013 at UFC 168.
“I know she’s talked about retirement and I don’t know why everyone is so surprised about that,” Tate said. “I feel like she was saying that before she lost to Holly [Holm], she was coming to a close. For me, I just want to fight her one more time, and granted that she gets the job done, and wants to continue fighting. I would love to go one more time, so hopefully it’s not too much of a race against the clock and I will be watching that fight with great interest.”