Miesha Tate hasn’t strayed away from another shot at the UFC women’s bantamweight title holder Ronda Rousey. The two have fought twice now with Tate on the wrong side of two submission finishes.
As talks hang above the women’s division as to what could be next for Rousey, Tate seemed to agree that although it is a hypothetical fight, that Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino would be a good next challenge for Rousey.
She spoke with Ariel Helwani on the MMAHour:
“Everyone wants to see that fight,” Tate said. “I think that Cyborg has proven time and time again that she is one of the baddest women on the planet. If she can be the Invicta FC champion at 135, I think she’s done enough. I think that it’s definitely a fair match-up, and I think everybody, including myself, would absolutely love to see it.”
For Cyborg, a move to the UFC isn’t so far outside the realm of possibility. She recently ceased to be managed by her friend Tito Ortiz to clear up animosity between her camp and the UFC, and promised to make weight at 135-pounds to make her fight with Rousey and official and unhindered title fight.
Tate also touched upon Rousey’s last performance against Sara McMann, in which, Rousey TKO’d the Olympic wrestler in just over a minute. “She looked good. She was able to showcase something else. And like I said, that’s where the compliments will stop. I think she’s an incredible athlete, and she has a great skill set, and that’s all that I can say. I’ll stop there.”
Tate is slated to take on fellow title challenger Liz Carmouche at UFC on FOX 11 inside the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The duo made up the first two title challengers for Rousey’s belt in the UFC and will look to defeat the other to once again fight for women’s MMA prominence.
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