The first time Miesha Tate faced Ronda Rousey, things did not go so well for the then Strikeforce women's Bantamweight champion. In that fight, Tate, like Rousey's four previous opponents fell victim to a first round armbar, submitting to the hold at the 4:27 mark of Round 1.
Rousey left the cage that night with Tate's title. In exchange for that chunk of gold, she left Tate with badly damaged ligaments in her left arm. Rousey followed her victory over Tate with two more first round armbar submissions, running her career record to 7-0. All of those victories have come by way of armbar submission, with all seven of those fights ending in the first round.
The manner in which Rousey has dispatched each of her opponents has led some to believe that there is an aura of invincibility surrounding Rousey, who is now the UFC women's bantamweight champion. Tate does not subscribe to that notion, "A lot of people have built Ronda up to be this invincible person, that there's no way that she can be beaten, but I don't see it that way at all," Tate said during a recent media call. "I see a lot of holes in her game, and a lot of ways that she can be exploited.
Just because it hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't ever happen. I'm going to do something different on the 28th than anyone else has done. There's holes in there, you saw it, I saw it. I don't think it needs any explanation, they're there to be taken advantage of."
Tate's goal heading into her December 28 bout with Rousey is simple, finish the fight and become the UFC champion, "I don't want to just win this fight, I want to win this fight. I want to finish this fight, and I think that it's one thing we can probably agree on. I'm sure she feels the same way. That's how I know it's going to be an amazing fight. Every day that I go into my training, I know that we're both fighting for that same common interest. We want to beat the hell out of each other, we want to finish the fight, we don't want a decision, I don't want a decision. I'm motivated."
Tate experienced a surge in popularity during the 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter, where she coached opposite Rousey. However, she's not using that as a source of motivation for her rematch with Rousey. "It's nice to see that people are excited for me, but there are so many bandwagon jumpers, I don't count on that," Tate said. "I've been loved in this sport, and I've been hated in this sport, and it's not going to make me or break me either way."
Tate and Rousey will face off in the co-main event of UFC 168. The fight card will take place December 28 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The card will be headlined by UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman defending his title against Anderson Silva.
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