UFC bantamweight Miesha Tate was one of the thousands of people in attendance at UFC 157 on Saturday night taking in the historic title-fight between female champion Ronda Rousey and contender Liz Carmouche. Though Tate was pleased by what she witnessed, she also found herself wondering how she would have reacted if in Carmouche’s position, especially during a sequence seeing the former Marine nearly lock in a Rear-Naked Choke.
Tate gave her thoughts on the tilt to Fuel TV after the event, promising to make good where Carmouche did not if ever fortunate enough to face Rousey again.
“It was pretty much what I expected but she did get a little sloppy there, giving up her back which is a habit I’ve picked up on. I got her back in the first fight and I guarantee if I get it in the second one, I’m going to rip her face off,” boasted Tate, saying she was a “100%” lock to beat Rousey in a rematch.
The two talented females locked horns last year with Rousey pulling off her patented Armbar with thirty seconds to go in the first round. With a UFC debut on the horizon, Tate is anxious to see action as soon as possible, especially after taking in this weekend’s tilt.
“It was a very satisfying moment in history. Seeing women get in the UFC Octagon for the first time made me really hungry. It really lit a fire under me,” explained Tate of her experience at the event.
Tate has only fought a single time since losing to Rousey, submitting Julie Kedzie, and is scheduled to face Cat Zingano on April 13 at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale where the winner will go to meet the champion later this year.
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