On December 28th at UFC 168, Miesha Tate (13-4) and Ronda Rousey (7-0) will step into the cage for a second time to fight for the women’s bantamweight championship. The two perviously fought under the Strikeforce banner almost two years ago. That bout ended horribly for Tate; she had her arm dislocated in the first round by a Rousey-armbar.
Despite being beat by Rousey before, Tate is feeling more confident than ever going into their rematch. At a recent media scrum, she said the last time she fought Rousey, she underestimated her. She felt that Rousey didn’t deserve a title shot and that caused her to take the fight less seriously.
“She had mental warfare in her arsenal the first time we fought, and I didn’t,” she explained.
Tate elaborated on their first fight and concluded that the fight not only made her a better fighter, but a better person as well.
“I learned a lot in that fight. Not only as a fighter, how to be more technically sound, but also how to grow and be more mature as a person. I just let go of those feelings of animosity.”
As for her plans for the rematch, Tate is keeping it simple.
“I just want to punch her,” Tate said. “I would love nothing more than to get my first clean knockout with my hands on the biggest pay per view. That would be amazing for me.”
Fighting is an emotional business. Spending all of your time training only to lose can be devastating for some people, but it seems Tate has learned that heartbreak is part of the sport and there’s only one way to deal with it: let it go.
UFC 168 will be held on December 28th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in Nevada.