‘I Think it Sounds Crazy’- Miesha Tate Targeting Amanda Nunes Fight in July 2022

Published 03/31/2021, 4:37 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Miesha Tate reacts during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


Former Strikeforce and UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is set to make a return to the Octagon on July 17th. ‘Cupcake’ fight Marion Reneau in the 135lbs division. She hasn’t competed since her UFC 205 decision loss to Raquel Pennington.

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However, Tate is looking forward to a rematch against Amanda Nunes already despite her long absence. Speaking to Ariel Helwani recently, she gave a timeline of her expectation of a possible date for that fight.

“I think it sounds crazy. But I think it could be as little as two wins. I think two solid wins, if I have really good performances and I win you know I do well, I can see Amanda be my third fight.

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“I could see a year from now. To be honest, I could see July International fight week. I could see that,” said Tate.

 

“I could see more obviously. I would say between two or three but I’d say the least would be two,” she further added. The former champion recognizes she has a lot of ground to make to reach the level Nunes is currently at. Also, she will need some time to get rid of the ring rust of her prolonged absence from competition.

Tate is not overlooking her next opponent in any way. ‘Cupcake’ recognizes that she will have her hands full upon her return. “There’s a lot of ground to cover before I get to that point of course. I’ve got to stay really focused of course on Marion Reneau because she could spoil your night real fast. And she’s a really good fighter,” Tate said further.

Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes 2: does a rematch make sense?

The Lioness‘ is currently running out of challenges. She has already cleaned out the thin featherweight division. Nunes also has defeated almost all comers at the 135lbs division as well. Adding to that, the current state of the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division is really shallow.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 09: Miesha Tate prepares to face Amanda Nunes of Brazil in their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 200 event on July 9, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

So, Tate’s return will not only pose a new challenge for the champion but also her name-value will certainly bring more eyeballs back at the division. ‘Cupcake’ is a fighter who fans cherish to watch always. On her day, she is a world-beater. Whether Tate still has that same level of pedigree left in her, remains to be seen.

Are you interested to see ‘Cupcake’ vs ‘The Lioness’? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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