Miesha Tate has no great love for Ronda Rousey but that won't stop her from pulling for her old rival at UFC 207.
Rousey is one of the biggest stars in MMA and her decision to return to fighting after a year long hiatus everyone looking forward to her year end bout against current women's bantamweight champion Amana Nunes at UFC 207. But last week Rousey ginned up further interest by announcing that she was not long for the sport, saying that this was definitely one of her last fights.
Miesha Tate wasn't surprised by this declaration and even took it one step further, saying she wouldn't be shocked if Rousey retired if she loses to Nunes.
"I already knew that," Tate told TMZ. "Didn't everyone already know that? I don't know why everyone's so surprised by it honestly. It's kind of like we already knew that before she fought Holly [Holm]. So it's no surprise to me. I already kinda knew this would be one of her last ones, if not potentially her last one if she doesn't win it. It could be her last one."
And that's not wishful thinking from Tate. Tate's rivalry with Rousey is a storied one dating back to their first battle in Strikeforce in 2012 when Rousey submitted Tate to take her Strikeforce women's bantamweight championship. The two met again a year later at UFC 168 after coaching opposite each other on season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter; Rousey was again victorious by armbar. Rousey would then go on to lose to Holly Holm at UFC 193 and spend the next year away from the sport. If a Rousey loss at UFC 207 pushes her into retirement, Tate won't get the rematch she covets.
"I really would like another crack at her but I don't want a half-hearted version of Ronda anyway so I hope she comes back strong and I hope it's not too much of a race against the clock. I definitely would like to face her in the future."
Whether she'll get the opportunity is another thing entirely. Rousey has been out of action for over a year-plus, even if Rousey wins, prevailing logic wouldn't put Tate next in line for a title shot. But Tate has her own problems to worry about for now. She faces Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 this weekend at Madison Square Garden. She can start worrying about Rousey afterwards.
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Fights Gone By.
This guy is having a bad day
Names I've been called on @jonnybones' behalf, in order: GOAT, arrogant, fake, coward, pussy, yeast infection, cokehead, criminal, cheater.— Jon Jones (@jonjones) November 7, 2016
And the latest thing is people yelling at me about throwing my life away by cheating and taking contaminated dick pills. What a lovely arc.— Jon Jones (@jonjones) November 7, 2016
A bit much.
I am the King of everything pic.twitter.com/zv9zndumLN— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 7, 2016
And this is what that car looks like.
Kind of a cool ad campaign.
Reflecting today and feeling very blessed to have and to have had, so many amazing athletes competing under the Invicta banner. #incredible— Shannon Knapp (@shanknapp) November 7, 2016
Hope you get blessed by the UFC now.
@shanknapp feelings mutual on my end..very blessed to have the opportunities that u and Invicta have provided..— tonya evinger (@tonyaevinger) November 7, 2016
Goodnight New York, goodmorning Poland ❤ pic.twitter.com/TNpew7CSM6— KarolinaKowalkiewicz (@KarolinaMMA) November 7, 2016
Missed this one yesterday.
Rizin is making gloves for me. They asked that I send them measurements of gloves that fit. There are no such gloves. How do I measure?— Shane Carwin (@ShaneCarwin) November 7, 2016
Stallone looks like he's not getting USADA visits.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2013: Cheik Kong defeated Peter Graham by unanimous decision to win the Bellator season nine heavyweight tournament at Bellator 107. On that card, Joe Warren also stopped Travis Marx to win the bantamweight tournament and Brennan Ward stopped Mikkel Parlo to win the middleweight tournament.
2014: Luke Rockhold choked out Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC Fight Night 55. This event also holds the record for UFC event with the most finishes with 11 of the 11 fights ending in stoppages.
Today I learned Jon Jones' former fight nickname was Sexual Chocolate. Seriously.
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