Winning the UFC bantamweight title hasn't changed Miesha Tate's mind about Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino.
At a fan Q&A in Brisbane on Friday, Tate responded to rumors about Zuffa exploring the possibility of having Justino fight in the UFC by echoing past statements that she would be more than willing to step up in weight and face the feared Brazilian.
"I've been hearing [the rumors] for such a long time, I just don't really know, I haven't had that confirmed. But I am open to that fight," Tate said. "Maybe doing it at a catchweight at 140. You know, I have nothing but respect for ‘Cyborg.' She freaking eats girls for breakfast. She's amazing. And it's like, what do I have to lose in that fight? I go out there and give it everything I have, and if I'm able to take out Goliath, then I am. Yeah, I would love to step in there with someone of her caliber."
Tate (18-5) captured the UFC women's bantamweight title in thrilling fashion at UFC 196 when she submitted Holly Holm with a fifth-round rear-naked choke.
Holm previously seized the title from Ronda Rousey, the division's former standard-bearer who for years refused to meet "Cyborg" at a catchweight superfight which had the potential to be one of the biggest events in mixed martial arts history.
Justino (15-1, 1 NC) is currently Invicta FC's reigning featherweight champion, but is in talks to make her UFC debut at UFC 198, which takes place May 14 at the 42,000-seat Atletico Paranaense soccer stadium in Justino's hometown of Curitiba, Brazil.
While Justino's relationship with Rousey is obviously on bad terms, she shares no such animosity with both Tate and Holm.
All three women recently joined together to shoot Fight Valley, an action film slated to release April 7. The silver screen experience was a first for all involved, and while Tate insisted that fighting will always come first, she also expressed interest in pursuing more acting roles in the future.
"I was really surprised that I actually really liked it, honestly," Tate said. "I didn't think I would be a very good actress, and I don't know, I have yet to find that out when I watch the movie if I was or wasn't. But I had fun with it, that's the difference. I didn't think that I would enjoy it as much as I did, but I did. It was really challenging and a completely different realm. It was hard, but I liked it and I think I would like to do it a little bit more."