Miesha Tate Wants To Prove To The World She Can Beat Ronda Rousey

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate recently sat down with UFC correspondent Megan Olvi and spoke about her long-time bitter rivalry with former champion Ronda Rousey.

Although Tate lost the two previous fights with Rousey, that hasn’t hampered her confidence that she can defeat her. Here’s what she said about it:

“I think that Ronda has been such a presence in this sport. People want to know how she’s going to come back from such a devastating loss — if she’s going to come back. And our names are forever intertwined. Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate will forever go down in history as one of the best rivalries in women’s mixed martial arts.

I still get people asking me to this day, ‘Is that real, do you really not like each other?’ Yeah, it’s real, we really don’t like each other. But you know what? I have a tremendous amount of respect for her. As an athlete, I think she’s one of the greatest of all time.

I feel like a third fight with her just needs to happen, for myself. Because I know that I can beat her. And I want to prove that to myself, and I want to prove that to the world. It’s just something that’s on my bucket list. I think she’ll come back — I don’t know when. I hope that we can fight each other down the road because I want to prove to the world I can beat Ronda Rousey.”

Miesha Tate steps in the Octagon next at UFC 200 against Amanda Nunes. As for Ronda Rousey, she’s expected back late this year or early next year.

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