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Miesha Tate: Ronda Rousey “knows that I have the ability to beat her.”

“True strength isn’t always shown through victory, stand up try again and display strength of heart.”

-Rickson Gracie

Three months ago, Olympic Judo bronze medalist Ronda Rousey climbed her way to the top of the women’s bantamweight division with a devastating Armbar victory over Miesha Tate in the main event of a Strikeforce card on Showtime. The win catapulted Rousey as arguably the new face of women’s MMA and put former champion Tate on the sidelines with an arm injury.

However, the loss only makes the young lioness hungrier to get revenge. In a recent interview with Rebellion MMA Radio, Tate spoke to hosts Mitch Ciccarelli and Bryan Levick about her desire to step into the cage with Rousey one more time.

“Oh yeah, [a rematch with Rousey] is definitely on my checklist or my bucket list or whatever you want to call it. I definitely want to fight her again and I think that after feeling her out in the cage it wasn’t anything that I didn’t expect and I think it was the opposite for her,” Tate told Rebellion MMA Radio.

“I came in with a lot more than she expected. She knows that I have the ability to beat her. I don’t feel like I was outmatched on the feet, obviously and I don’t feel like I was outmatched on the ground.”

“Obviously her Armbar, yes she is great at that but the rest of it was pretty back and forth. It was a competitive fight, it wasn’t one sided so I think [a rematch] will make for a competitive fight and with just a little more work I feel I can definitely beat her.”

To hear the rest of the interview which includes her breakdown on Rousey’s upcoming match-up with Sarah Kaufman and other hot topics, click the YouTube link below. You can also listen to the entire Rebellion MMA Radio episode which includes interviews with Mark Bocek and Trevor Wittman here.

Listen to the audio of Tate’s interview below:


  • darth_irritable says:

    Ronday Rousey, huh?

    I have difficulty seeing the rematch going any differently. Even though there’s much to be said for being well rounded, Rousey’s ability to execute on her one trick every time is spectacular. It’s like Chuck was for a while there with his looping KO punches.

  • Big Stank says:

    She is fuckin delusional if she thinks the fight will go any differently. Sorry Miesha but you won’t escape that armbar no matter how much you train to do so.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Yeah Big Nog thought he had the ability to beat Mir in a rematch also… 😉


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