Miesha Tate has only held the UFC women's bantamweight title for two days and she's already getting asked questions about Ronda Rousey.
Tate, who defeated Holly Holm at UFC 196 on Saturday via fifth-round submission, was on "Jay Mohr Sports" on Monday and was asked why she believes she'll be able to beat Rousey this time around. Rousey has already finished Tate twice with armbars.
The new champ pointed to her drastic improvements in striking as well as Rousey's mindset after being knocked out by Holm. Rousey said on "Ellen" recently that she contemplated suicide briefly after the title loss.
"What about Ronda's mentality?" Tate said. "I think Ronda is beating herself up over this. I mean, she previously said that she's so emotional to the point where she's considering crazy things. It's like, this is a broken woman. I don't know if she'll ever come back the same. But I have proven that I can come back from adversity and I do come back and I will come back. And there's no one in this sport that can break me. I have the strongest mindset of anybody in there. I don't know where Ronda is with her mindset, but I have to wonder. Is she ever going to come back the same?"
Rousey will not likely return until October or November, UFC president Dana White has said. In all likelihood, the UFC will want Tate to wait until her return to fight again. "Cupcake" believes that she has improved immensely, especially in her stand-up game, since moving to Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and training under boxing coach Jimmy Gifford.
"I just saw how Ronda got demolished with clean striking [against Holm]," Tate said. "I think that I've improved so much and I've showed that in this fight with Holly."
Holm was beating Tate, especially in the striking part of the action, but not by a "landslide," Tate said. Down on the cards in the fifth round, Tate was able to drag Holm down to the mat, take her back and choke her out cold to win the belt. She's the only challenger in UFC history to win a title after finishing in the final round after being down on the scorecards.
"Look at how much my striking improved," Tate said. "From that fight that I fought Ronda, I still had really wild, kind of flinging hooks. I let Ronda come right into that clinch. [I was punching] so wide and open and nothing down in the middle."
There's a very good chance Tate will get the opportunity to show against how much she's gotten better against her old nemesis this year.