Miesha Tate is just getting used to the feel of having her new bantamweight title belt after defeating Holly Holm at UFC 196, but she has a few ideas about her potential next opponent, Ronda Rousey.
In fact, she's been vocal in the past about how she never would have even considered committing suicide, even though Rousey said she felt suicidal after losing at UFC 193.
As you may recall, Ronda Rousey has defeated Miesha Tate twice before, both times with armbars. However, the new champ pointed to her marked improvement in striking as well as Rousey's (possibly) broken mindset after being knocked out by Holly Holm.
Here's what Tate had to say about Ronda's mindset now, compared to where she was before what you just saw above happened:
"What about Ronda's mentality? I think Ronda is beating herself up over this. I mean, she previously said that she's so emotional to the point where she's considering crazy things. It's like, this is a broken woman. I don't know if she'll ever come back the same. But I have proven that I can come back from adversity and I do come back and I will come back. And there's no one in this sport that can break me. I have the strongest mindset of anybody in there. I don't know where Ronda is with her mindset, but I have to wonder. Is she ever going to come back the same?"
Rousey will not likely return until October or November, UFC president Dana White has said. In all likelihood, the UFC will want Tate to wait until her return to fight again. "Cupcake" believes that she has improved immensely, especially in her stand-up game, since moving to Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and training under boxing coach Jimmy Gifford.
"I just saw how Ronda got demolished with clean striking [against Holm]. I think that I've improved so much and I've showed that in this fight with Holly."
Holm may have out-striked Tate but according to Miesha, "not by a landslide". I think that's a fair assessment.
Tate also commented on her stronger striking skills:
"Look at how much my striking improved. From that fight that I fought Ronda, I still had really wild, kind of flinging hooks. I let Ronda come right into that clinch. [I was punching] so wide and open and nothing down in the middle."
Right now, there's a pretty decent chance that Tate will get the opportunity to fight Rousey again... this year. Sign me up, because that's a fight I'm dying to see.
What do you think?
Does Miesha Tate defeat Ronda Rousey this time (after losing twice before)?