Miesha Tate is officially the championship belt holder in the female bantamweight division within the UFC promotion. There is nobody that can take that away from her, but fans across the nation (and world) are unsure how deserving she is of that title.
See, even though she defeated Holly Holm squarely in 5 rounds at UFC 196, she's lost to the former champ, Ronda Rousey, twice... decisively. While Rousey hasn't been in the Octagon since her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, it does appear to make sense for their rematch to go down sometime soon. After all, if Tate can't beat Rousey, she isn't the best fighter.
Of course, this is all contingent on whether Rousey can get herself back in fighting shape. And whether or not she can get back in the Octagon ever again is something Miesha Tate seems to be worried about.
Here's what Tate said to Maxim:
"I'm very confident. I was telling everyone that Ronda Rousey is not this unbeatable woman and everyone was like, 'You're crazy' then Holly Holm went out there and kicked her head off, and I was like, 'See? I told you she was only human.' Then I went out there and choked out Holly. It just goes to show you on any given day that someone can go out there and win fights. I want to go out there and I want to rematch her. I feel so excited now that I have the belt. It's like I'm supercharged and I feel confident. Definitely. I want to get back in there."
Tate believes she's turned a corner with her camp at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, but also plans to pounce on what she believes could be despondent Rousey.
"Well, you know obviously there's exploiting her holes in her game. She's been exposed, for sure. I really question her mentality. I know whenever I've been put through any kind of adversity or come back from a loss the first thing I want to do when I come back from a loss is to get in the gym and get better. That's not what I heard from her. I have yet to hear, 'Oh, I just want to get back in the gym and get better.' She has other reasons and other things she wants to go focus on so it just makes me question.
She said she wants to have kids with Travis Browne. I don't know where her mind is with everything. I'm not really seeing something that sticks out to me that I can identify with like, 'Is this a comeback fighter?' I don't know. We're questioning whether she'll ever fight again. It seems to me like she's in a weird mental state. And I feel like I'm mentally the best I've ever been. It's all come together perfectly. Another thing is the camp I've been working with. We're on a five fight win streak. My coaches and I have really gelled and we're speaking the same language. I feel like I'm evolving quickly. Not only physically, but mentally and my confidence. Everything."
All indications, including those made by UFC president Dana White, point to another showdown with Rousey, but Tate is keeping her options open.
"I don't know who's going to be next. I still have to talk to the UFC. I've got to let the dust settle and figure out what my options are. [Rousey or Holm] would be excellent fights for sure. Also there's Amanda Nunes. There's Cat Zingano, there's Julianna Pena. I don't want to get fixated on that person until I know who it is. I have to be ready as a champ for anyone, anytime. I have a big target on my back. I'll be ready for whoever."
What do you think?
Who would win a rematch between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate?