Miesha Tate doesn’t think Ronda Rousey should fight Holly Holm again right away, and it’s not entirely because Tate would need to wait an even greater period of time to snag a title shot of her own.
Rousey and Holm have been pegged — unofficially — for an immediate rematch at UFC 200, but Tate isn’t so sure the sequel could be any different from their original bout at UFC 193.
“It wasn’t a competitive fight, and Holly has the perfect style to beat Ronda,” Tate said to MMAjunkie Radio recently. “Holly’s already back in the gym training; she had no injuries from the fight. She knows she’s fighting Ronda next, but she gets this whole time to fix maybe even the little things she wanted to improve on in the fight. She’s going to be even more prepared, and I don’t know if it’s a smart move, because Ronda might go 0-2.”
Holm defeated Rousey via second-round knockout in November, becoming the first person to beat the “Rowdy” one inside of MMA competition. As Tate noted, the bout was considered one-sided in favor of Holm, who used superior striking and footwork to batter Rousey from the opening bell.
Tate and Holm had previously been in talks of creating a bout between them before UFC 200 in July, but UFC President Dana White quickly shot down the idea by saying it was Rousey, not Tate, who was getting the first crack at “The Preacher’s Daughter.”
As for her next fight, Tate says she expects to return in February against an unknown opponent.