Trilogy Fight with Ronda Rousey?- Miesha Tate Gives Her Verdict

Published 04/09/2021, 2:12 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 5: Miesha Tate prior to her bout against UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm during UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)


Former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate touched on a possible scrap against Ronda Rousey. Chiefly, both women have faced off against each other on two separate occasions in the past and Rousey is 2-0. The first showdown took place in Strikeforce, and the second chapter in their rivalry was in the UFC.

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Miesha Tate will finally return to action after spending nearly five years away from active UFC competition. She’ll face off against Marion Reneau in what is ironically the retirement fight of the latter’s storied MMA career. ‘Cupcake’ will be looking to make good on some losses she’s suffered, especially to champions like Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey.

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Miesha Tate looking to get one over Ronda Rousey

While ‘Cupcake’ didn’t exactly call out Rousey for a fight, it’s clear she’d like to possibly face her in the future. When asked about a trilogy fight, Miesha Tate was confident that her growth would bring about a different outcome. She believes her time away from the cage has lent itself to an opportunity for maturity and evolution.

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)

“There’s not a doubt in my mind it would be different, for sure. I’m just so different myself, I don’t know how to explain, I just want you guys to see it on July 17. Just things that I didn’t realize, and I didn’t compute before as a fighter, that I feel like I’m finally picking up at this stage in my life.”

“I don’t know, call it maturity, maybe sitting back observing this sport, watching, and not being under the pressure to compete all the time has allowed me to kind of look at this in a more cerebral way.”

Tate vs Rousey: All on the line

Tate continued to expand on how her fighting style has evolved into a better fit against ‘Rowdy’ Ronda. What’s more, her time away from fighting has allowed her to come up with a comprehensive blueprint over her foe.

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“I used to very much be a brawler and tough, I still have the mental toughness, I still have the fight but I feel like for the first time I’m tapping into my fight IQ and really going to go about things in a different way than I did before. At least to start fights. Fights are fights, right? It’s liable to get crazy at any point. But I’m much different than I ever was before.”

It all boils down to Tate’s performance against Marion Reneau, who is arguably on a decline. If ‘Cupcake’ can hold her own against a fellow veteran, there’s a good chance that new opportunities will emerge.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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