Miesha Tate interested in fights with Sarah Kaufman, Holly Holm and Gina Carano following UFC on Fox 11

Esther Lin for MMAFighting.com

Miesha Tate says slow start against Liz Carmouche was because 'I was trying not to be a psycho in the fight and be a little bit more calculated'

On Saturday, Miesha Tate overcame a very slow start to earn a unanimous decision victory over Liz Carmouche in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 11.

The win was not without its critics; chief among them UFC president Dana White, who said of Tate's first victory in three UFC fights, "I had that fight two rounds to one for Carmouche. You could make the argument that Liz didn't do any damage to Tate. It's not like this was a tragedy that the call went that way. The judging tonight was a little suspect the whole night."

During the post-fight press conference Tate addressed the out of character start to her bout against Carmouche, "I was trying not to be a psycho in the fight and be a little bit more calculated. I don't know. I think I was struggling with a mental hurdle. Just losing two in a row was really rough. Starting to think like, ‘Am I cursed?' and just going through all these weird questions."

Tate turned things up in the third round, and said the difference between the rounds was mostly a mental one. "There's a fine line for me between thinking and going. When I go, that's what happens in the third round. When I'm thinking that's what happens in the first round. It took me a minute to think ‘Hey, I gotta go.'"

Tate also promised, "Next time, it will be a faster start."

Who will that next opponent be? During the Fox Sports 2 post-fight show Tate mentioned two fights she would be interested in, "I think Sarah Kaufman would be a good fight. I lost that one in Strikeforce. How about Holly Holm? She wants to climb her way to the top, I'd be a great starting point."

Another name that came up during the post-fight press conference was former Strikeforce champion Gina Carano. White said the UFC had no deal with Carano at this moment, but that comment didn't stop Tate from offering, "Id like it. I'll take that fight all day long, for sure. I mean, I'll fight anybody, but I'd love to fight Gina."

Tate's win over Carmouche marked her first victory since she defeated Julie Kedzie by armbar submission on a Strikeforce card in August 2012.

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