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Morning Report: Miesha Tate 'shot in the heart' over losing out on third fight with Ronda Rousey

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Following her win over Jessica Eye at UFC on FOX 16 in July, Miesha Tate was awarded a third shot at women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey by UFC president Dana White.

Tate lost her Strikeforce title to the up-and-coming Rousey in 2012. Now a UFC champion, Rousey defended her strap to Tate in the rematch at UFC 168 the following december. Both instances ended with Rousey submitting Tate with her signature armbar.

Sometime between July and Aug. 21, UFC brass had a change of heart. That Friday, Rousey appeared on Good Morning America to announce she'd be facing Holly Holm next, leaving Tate the odd woman out.

Cornering her teammate Cindy Dandois Saturday night at Invicta FC 14, Tate opened up about losing the ultimate game of musical chairs.

"Well, I found out later than half the world because I was asleep when it was announced," Tate told Invicta correspondent Laura Sanko. "I woke up to about 30 texts on my phone saying, 'Oh, I'm really sorry' and I was just like, 'What?' It just kind of sucked not finding out from the promotion, itself, so I felt a little bit disappointed. My feelings were kind of hurt, to be honest. I was really bummed out because I was really motivated."

There are a few different versions of why Tate was removed from the bout depending on when you spoke with White.

On Aug. 21, White told the Los Angeles Times that the UFC made the switch because "everyone's already seen that fight."

"We were talking about Miesha from the start, then as we started sitting around we were saying, ‘Everyone has seen the Miesha fight already,'" White said. "A third fight in a rivalry usually comes after the stuff we'd see in [Arturo] Gatti-[Micky] Ward. With Miesha, the result has been the same twice. Everyone's already seen that fight."

On Sept. 9, White told UFC Tonight that the promotion was doing Tate a favor by saving her career from catastrophe.

"Miesha, at this point in her career, if she loses to Ronda Rousey a third time, it's a career killer."

After being penciled in to face Rousey, Tate says she was heart-broken by the news.

"I really felt like I had hit a new level," said Tate. "I was training for [Rousey] already. I didn't take any time off after my fight and it just really kind of shot me in the heart. Damn. I thought that was what I was going to get. The world thought that was what I was going to get. It was a pretty heart-breaking process for me so I'm not exactly sure what's next."

Fresh off a first-round submission win over Sara McMann in August, No. 4 ranked Amanda Nunes is hoping to fill that void. Nunes has been vocal on Twitter, goading Tate into signing on the line.

According to Tate, she hasn't had any discussions with the UFC about facing Nunes.

"No, definitely not," Tate said. "I haven't talked to the UFC or my coaches or my management about it so it's always a team decision.

"I've heard a lot of things bouncing around. I was on vacation in the Bahamas and said, 'I just need to put the world away for a minute.' I kind of put everything on silent. I got back and I've been focused on Cindy. As far as what's next I really don't know. I've got to get home and take a deep breath and talk to my management and coaches."

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