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After UFC 200, Miesha Tate wants to take some time off, return possibly in November or December

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

As Miesha Tate gets ready to make her first bantamweight title defense against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 on July 9, she's been very cautious not to look past that date.

Which, of course, is difficult for media who want to talk about a potential rematch with Holly Holm or a trilogy fight with Ronda Rousey.

During a media call on Wednesday, Tate did touch on what she would like to happen after her fight with Nunes at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. And what she's hoping for is a little respite before she does anything else.

"I know I want to take a little time to enjoy myself," Tate said, when asked how soon she'd like to return after Nunes. "I went straight from my camp with Holly, straight into Bryan [Caraway]'s camp against Aljamain Sterling, and then straight into this camp, which has been awesome to keep that great momentum going. I'm really happy about that, but, you know, my birthday is in August, and I would like just to take a little bit of time. I think a November or December return would be reasonable."

UFC 205 is slated to take place on Nov. 23 in New York City, as the Octagon makes its first ever visit to Madison Square Garden. That would be a big stage for Tate, should she get by Nunes, to take one either Holm or Rousey. However, at the very mention of Rousey's name, Tate cut any further speculation off.

"Let me just stop you right there, because there is no way I'm looking past this fight with Amanda," she said. "I just can't afford to do it. I've been seeing that a lot of people are just losing titles quickly and focusing on things they don't need to be. And I refuse to make that mistake. I didn't get here by overlooking opponents.

"And Amanda is a very tough opponent. I think she's beatable, but she is where she's at because she's hungry, she really wants this, and she's on a win streak. And I've prepared everything that I have to beat the best Amanda Nunes that's going to come on July 9, and I believe that. So the only comment that I care to talk about, or focus on, is Amanda Nunes and that's it."

Since losing her title bid against Rousey back at UFC 168 in 2013, the 29-year old Tate has rattled off five wins in a row, including her resounding come-from-behind victory over Holm at UFC 196 in March to take the belt. She's since been doing extensive media before her first title defense.

Asked if she would have at least a cut off date in mind for when to accept an opponent like Rousey -- who hasn't fought since losing the title to Holm at UFC 193 last November, and doesn't have a timetable for a return -- Tate said she'd cross that bridge when she comes to it.

"I'll be taking that as it comes," she said. "I'll be able to give that a little more thought after this fight on July 9, but none of that is even worth talking about if I don't win this fight, so I know how important this is, and that has all my focus. And whatever may come after that, it's just very important that I win this fight so I can even begin to even thinking about discussing other fights. I just have to focus on that date, July 9, and after that then I'll probably be able to answer your questions a little bit better."

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