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UFC 184: Miesha Tate “Impressed” and “Inspired” by Rival Ronda Rousey’s Win

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate aren’t exactly bestest buddies, but the latter–like everyone else under the MMA sun–was pretty impressed by what her rival did last night.

The UFC Bantamweight Champion took out Zingano in just 14 seconds last night at UFC 184, and did so with a beautifully timed, painful looking armbar. Tate was one of the commentators for FOX Sports 1’s UFC 184 coverage last night, and after Rousey’s jaw dropping win, she relayed the following (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):

“It’s hard to put it into words when that happens. Cat tried to come out with a fast start and she made a huge mistake. You can’t leave an arm extended with Ronda Rousey on the ground. I’m not only impressed, but I’m inspired. I realize she’s on a different level and I want to get on that level.”

Yup. Zingano may have made a mistake, but Rousey is a master at capitalizing on any error, and doing so a in millisecond. Rousey’s last title defense, versus Alexis Davis last July, lasted 16 seconds…

The big question now is who’s next for Rousey. Holly Holm worked her way to a decision victory over Raquel Pennington, but even Holm says she wants to have some more fights before challenging for the title. Then there’s Bethe Correia, who has been campaigning hard for a shot at Rousey, but she’s currently ranked #7. Cris “Cyborg” hasn’t begun her trek yet to 135.

So, what does Tate think of Rousey-Correia?

“Bethe hasn’t fought anyone in top ten yet. I’d like to test her and be the deciding factor. Some have deemed me the gatekeeper, but I’d love to take that zero off her record.”

It will be interesting to see what comes next for Rousey and Tate for that matter. If you’re new to all this MMA stuff, then you might not know that the two have fought twice before. Rousey submitted Tate in the opening round of their first bout, and then in the rematch, she tapped her out in round three (yes, both wins were via armbar).

UFC 184 was hosted by the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

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