Miesha Tate may not be happy with how UFC 193's main event came to be, but she still has a vested interest in how it shakes out. And while the boxing credentials of Holly Holm present a vastly different puzzle to reigning UFC champion Ronda Rousey than any challenge has before, Tate isn't expecting to see a different outcome once Nov. 14 rolls around.
"If I had to pick, I'm definitely going to go with the champion," Tate said Monday on The MMA Hour. "It's nothing against [Holm], I just don't think it's a good style match-up. I really don't. I don't think that she's going to be able to stop Ronda for 25 minutes (from) taking her down and beating her, even if she jabs and moves.
"She's going to have to run a lot, which means the champion is coming forward. And in order to become the champion, you have to beat the champion. So I'm curious to see what kind of gameplan they're going to try to put together to do that."
The situation is a tough one for Tate to watch from afar. UFC 193 is on track to be the biggest show in the organization's history, with an estimated 70,000-plus fans packing into Melbourne, Australia's Etihad Stadium to watch Rousey and fellow women's champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defend their UFC titles.
The chance to face Rousey on such a grand scale was first promised to Tate, only to be publicly ripped away and given to Holm while Tate slept.
As if things weren't complicated enough, the August announcement made by Rousey on ‘Good Morning America' came just as Tate, Holm, and Invicta featherweight champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino were gathering on-set to begin shooting the film ‘Fight Valley,' which is slated to release next month.
"It was a little awkward, I'm not going to lie," Tate said. "Not because of ‘Cyborg' obviously, her and I get along great. But because of Holly and the whole situation being so fresh at the time. Her and I really not knowing each other very well, we kind of really didn't know what to expect. But I only knew that it must be more awkward for her than it was for me, because she probably maybe felt that I would be upset at her.
"But again, it's a testament to just having professionalism. I wasn't (upset at her). If I was in her shoes, and the UFC called me up and said, ‘hey, this is what you're doing,' I would've done it too. So how can I blame the girl for taking the opportunity? So I wasn't mad at her. I didn't take it as anything personal. She got an opportunity and she should go for it."
Tate instead has taken her frustration out on the UFC. The 29-year-old expects to meet with promotion president Dana White this month to air her grievances with the way the UFC has handled her situation. Tate indicated that she could even be considering retirement unless some "serious changes" are made.
Regardless though, Tate still expects to be tuned in once fight night arrives for her fellow bantamweights.
"I'll definitely be watching it," Tate said. "I'm definitely invested still in that fight, and I want to see what's going to happen."
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