After a five-year layoff, former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate returned to the Octagon this past weekend and picked up a win over Marion Reneau in what is now her second stint with the UFC. Becoming the first woman to finish Reneau in her entire career, Tate came back to competition with a vengeance and a message to the entire bantamweight division, she’s ready for whoever is sent her way.
Speaking to the media following her victory, Miesha Tate spoke about her future in the bantamweight division, and while names like Holly Holm, Jessica Rose-Clark, and Julia Avila all raised their hands to be next in line, the former champion is ready for everyone.
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“They’re all fair game. They can all get it, respectfully. I expected it to come out of the woodwork, I think a fight with Holly a second time would be great. There’s a lot of women in the division, so, name them all. I don’t know where I’ll come in at the rankings right now, but I’m never one to say that I deserve this or I deserve that, I understand that I have to continue to climb.
Knowing that she will have to work her way back up to the top as she strives to reach her goal of becoming champion once again, Miesha Tate also said that she knows a rematch between her and Holly Holm will happen again. Back at UFC 196, Tate became champion for the first time in her career when she picked up a fifth-round submission victory over Holm.
“Whoever’s name is on that list to get to the top, that’s fine with me. I’m sure Holly and me, no doubt about that, before I retire, her and I will fight again.”
There is no shortage of future opponents for Miesha Tate, and after “Tate 2.0” was unleashed this past weekend, she seems ready and prepared to fight anyone the UFC throws her way.
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