Miesha Tate thinks that Ronda Rousey beat herself "mentally" against Holly Holm, and she doesn't plan on following suit. In fact, she has a strategy for UFC 196, in which she is second on the card, with her fight against Holly Holm expected to attract a massive audience.
Here's what she had to say to FOX Sports about Ronda's mistakes against Holly:
"I think Ronda went into that fight with Holly thinking, 'If I don't finish this girl in under two minutes, I'm already a failure,' and she went in there with such desperation to get a quick finish. She had 25 minutes to get that fight to the ground and submit Holly. I think Ronda is capable of that, but I think she mentally beat herself up after not being able to do that in the first round. Hey it's OK, you have 20 more minutes, like, relax for a second.
"She just went out there like a charging bull in a china shop and she allowed Holly to play the perfect game plan. Holly was the matador, Ronda was the bull. The bull fell victim."
Tate says she plans to drag Holm into deep water by using the championship rounds to her advantage. Tate's toughness got her into a third round with Rousey, lasting longer than any of "Rowdy's" ten other opponents.
A Holly Holm Ronda Rousey rematch would be huge for the UFC, but Tate plans on spoiling the party
"I think they're going to regret the decision after the fact. Like, 'Man, we really wanted to step up, we wanted to prove that we're the best in the world as champion,' but I'm going to spoil those plans.
"They know this is a huge step up in competition. They know that stylistically, I think everyone believes that I'm a more challenging style for Holly. I present different problems."
Tate challenges Holm March 5 at UFC 196: Dos Anjos vs. McGregor in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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