Miesha Tate had a legendary rivalry with Ronda Rousey, but for Tate, she went 0-2.
Tate and Rousey first met in Strikeforce in 2012 with Rousey earning a first-round submission to become the new Strikeforce champ. They then had a rematch a year later at UFC 168 where Tate was challenging for the bantamweight title and Rousey scored a third-round submission to defend her belt.
Although Tate was finished in both fights, she remains confident if they were to meet again, it would be Tate getting her hand raised.
“There’s not a doubt in my mind it would be different, for sure. I’m just so different myself, I don’t know how to explain, I just want you guys to see it on July 17,” Tate said to Sirius XM. “Just things that I didn’t realize and I didn’t compute before as a fighter and things I feel like I’m finally picking up at this stage in my life. I don’t know, call it maturity, maybe sitting back observing this sport, watching, and not being under the pressure to compete all the time has allowed me to kind of look at this in a more cerebral way.
“I used to very much be a brawler and tough, I still have the mental toughness,” Tate continued. “I still have the fight but I feel like for the first time I’m tapping into my fight IQ and really going to go about things in a different way than I did before. At least to start fights. Fights are fights, right? It’s liable to get crazy at any point. But I’m much different than I ever was before.”
Although Miesha Tate thinks a trilogy would go different, it’s highly unlikely they would fight again. Even though Tate is ending her retirement, Rousey is happily retired and it’s almost a zero percent chance she returns.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime