Miesha Tate gave Ronda Rousey her toughest fight yet, but she still came up short Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Tate took Rousey out of the first round for the first time in Rousey’s career, but the fight ended the same way as the first one. Rousey tapped her out with an armbar.
At the post-fight press conference, an emotional Tate’s eyes were swollen and she buried her head down throughout the interview. Tate said every day people claim victories from climbing small hills, but she picked Mt. Everest.
“I didn’t perform the way I hoped,” Tate said. “The fans are seriously awesome. I can’t thank them enough for the support and I can’t apologize enough for letting them down.”
Tate survived Rousey’s first-round armbar attempt, and landed a few powerful punches on the champion. Tate pushed Rousey to the limit, but Rousey responded well. She dominated the fight on the ground and in the standup.
It was the first time Rousey made it out of the first round. She has submitted all of her opponents by first round armbar. Rousey is an Olympic bronze medalist in judo and no one has been able to successfully defend her Judo throw.
Tate, the former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion, emerged from the fight more popular than when she entered it. She was wildly cheered by the Las Vegas crowd.
Tate was noticeably distraught over the loss, but said she isn’t making any quick decisions about her next move.
“I am going to try to walk away as best I can with my head held high,” Tate said. “I am not making any rash decisions. I don’t know what the future holds.”