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Morning Report: Miesha Tate: If Ronda Rousey is at her best, she will beat Amanda Nunes at UFC 207

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Former UFC women's bantamweight champion believes her old foe Ronda Rousey will beat the woman who took the title from her when the two fight at UFC 207.

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Just yesterday Ronda Rousey announced that her fight with Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 is going to be one of her last ones in MMA which isn't surprising considering lucrative career available to her outside of the world of professional head trauma. What may be a bit surprising though is that one of her most bitter rivals is backing her in her return to the octagon.

In a recent interview with ESPN, Rousey's rival coach on The Ultimate Fighter, and former UFC women's bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate said that she believes Rousey will win back the title at UFC 207.

"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. So, if you factor that in, I think Ronda is the stronger grappler."

Tate knows a thing or two about both women, having lost to the two of them a combined three times. Tate first faced Rousey back in Strikeforce, losing her bantamweight championship to Rousey via first round armbar in what was one of Rousey's breakthrough performances in MMA. She again lost to Rousey by armbar almost two years later for the UFC bantamweight championship. After Rousey was upset by Holly Holm last year, Tate choked out Holm to claim the title only to lose it by rear-naked choke to Nunes back in July.

The tumultuous history that led to Tate becoming champion before losing the belt to Nunes is in part due to Rousey's reaction to suffering her first defeat in MMA. After losing the belt to Holm, Rousey took an extended break from MMA where she openly discussed contemplating suicide. Her long absence and her mental state after suffering the loss is the biggest concern for Tate as far as picking Rousey at UFC 207.

"What's so weird about this fight is all the X factors. 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?

"It's hard to say who wins this because it kind of depends on what version of Ronda shows up."

Tate faces the surging Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 on November 12.

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2001: Matt Hughes became the UFC welterweight champion for the fist time at UFC 34. It was an odd situation where Hughes was caught in a triangle by Carlos Newton but when he passed out he slammed Newton on his head, knocking Newton out and resulting in a win for Hughes. That night also saw Randy Couture defend his UFC heavyweight title by stopping Pedro Rizzo with strikes. And this event had the UFC debut of Frank Mir, who submitted Roberto Traven with an armbar. Oh and this was also the event where B.J. Penn blitzed Caol Uno in 11 seconds.

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Be well everyone.

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