It’s been a little over a year since Miesha Tate’s memorable feud with Ronda Rousey under the Strikeforce banner. As fans likely remember, the bantamweight rivals went back and forth through various forms of media leading up to the title-bout and things even got mildly physical at the weigh-ins. When the dust settled, Rousey had picked up another opening round Armbar win in addition to the divisional strap, leaving Tate’s limb dangling and future in doubt.
After a hard-fought win over Julie Kedzie and some soul-searching, Tate is back to full speed and plans to show off her skills tomorrow night at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale where “Cupcake” will collide with Cat Zingano. The 26-year old Tate recently submitted a Fighter Diary for the UFC where she spoke about the scrap, saying she plans on putting on such a show even “Rowdy” Ronda will gain a new level of respect for her abilities.
“I want that impressive win, I want to make that bold statement, and I want Ronda to be scared when she watches me fight this Saturday,” said Tate. “I want her to know I’m coming for her, I want to Cat to feel like it was a mistake calling me out in the first place, and I want to get my first win in the UFC.”
One area Tate feels she’s already won in against Zingano is readiness for such a big stage as a former Strikeforce champion in comparison to her adversary’s success on the regional scene.
“Cat being overwhelmed before the fight even starts and me having a mental edge over her is the reality that I believe is going to be true, because I know that this is a lot to take on,” assessed Tate. “This is the first time she’s probably ever had to deal with so much and it can be (tiring) if you’re not prepared for that.”
The 13-3 Tate has won seven of her last eight efforts with the loss to Rousey her only blemish, beating opponents such as Marloes Coenen and Hitomi Akano along the way. Comparably, Zingano is 7-0 with six stoppages to her credit.
Check out the complete clip from Tate below:
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