This past weekend, Strikeforce bantamweight Miesha Tate played a major role in one of the year’s best bouts after coming back from the brink of defeat to submit seasoned veteran Julie Kedzie with only 90 seconds remaining in a bout she would have likely lost on the scorecards. However, as impressive as her win may have been, in Tate’s eyes she did little to establish herself as the division’s top contender.
“I was happy that I won but not thrilled with my performance,” admitted Tate at the post-event press conference. “At this point I don’t feel – everyone is saying it was Fight of the Night and everything, and that’s great and I’m really happy it was an entertaining bout – but I personally am not happy with my performance and I definitely don’t think it was a contention-worthy performance. I’m not gonna ask for (a title-shot) because I don’t feel that I deserve it. I think I need to take a couple fights.”
Tate’s honesty on the matter likely caught a few folks off-guard considering the former champion’s unquestioned desire to duke it out with current title-holder Ronda Rousey again. The two have continued to exchange personal barbs at each other even after their meeting this past march where Rousey dethroned Tate with an opening round Armbar.
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