“I know that Amanda is a very solid fighter and she hits like a ton of bricks,” Tate said to MMA Junkie. “She’s a very worthy opponent. It should be interesting. I want Amanda to win. She’s a sweetheart and a good girl. I think she deserves it.”
Tate and Rousey haven't had the most friendly history - one that dates back to Strikeforce days when Rousey took Tate's title, and then later when Tate lost the rematch in the UFC. She had been on a quest for a trilogy fight ever since - but has since retired.
"Is that knockout going to be in the back of her mind? Is she going to be punch shy? It’s kind of like – I remember when I went skiing for the first time, I was like 5 years old and I just blitzed down the hill. I had no fear. The first time that I wrecked really, really hard is when I realized this is actually dangerous … so you kind of wonder what has that put in the back of her mind?”
Rousey hasn't been seen in the Octagon since her stunning loss to UFC 193 to Holly Holm. That loss sent her into hiding and left many wondering if she'd ever return. Even Rousey herself says that she's nearing the end of her career.
Tate eventually earned the title after defeating Holm, then lost it to Nunes during her first title defense.
Nunes defends the bantamweight title for the first time at UFC 207 when Rousey makes her long awaited return.