UFC President Dana White apparently thinks a lot of Ronda Rousey. The controversial MMA promoter said Miesha Tate defeating Rousey would be the second biggest upset of all time.
“It’s No. 2 for sure,” White said on FOX Sports Live.
White also said who the No. 1 honor belongs to
“Even if Miesha Tate beats Ronda Rousey, I would still have to say when Matt Serra beat Georges St-Pierre, that’s got to be the biggest upset ever in UFC history.”
Not a lot of experts, fighters or fans are giving Tate much of a shot against Rousey, the undefeated women’s bantamweight champion.
The two will fight at UFC 168 in what is probably the biggest women’s MMA match in history.
Rousey and Tate have bad blood dating back to their Strikeforce days. When Tate was the women’s bantamweight champion, she said that Rousey didn’t deserve a title shot over No. 1 contender Sarah Kaufman. Tate said that Rousey talked her way into the fight.
Strikeforce officials gave Rousey the shot in just her fourth professional fight and she tapped Tate out in the first round, using one of the most vicious-looking arm bars in UFC history. Rousey has submitted everyone of her opponents in the first round by armbar.
Tate is a 10-1 underdog against Rousey at UFC 168 in Las Vegas. The card is headlined by Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva II.
Tate will have to make great changes to her attack if she expects to overcome Rousey. Tate lost her last fight, knocked out by Cat Zingano. Although Tate believed the fight was stopped early, Zingano let loose with several knees to the face, which bloodied the former champion. Zingano was next in line for the title shot, but she injured her knee and won’t be back until 2014.
In her absence, the UFC decided to book Rousey vs. Tate for UFC 168.