Miesha Tate certainly knows a thing or two about fighting Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey. The retired former Strikeforce and UFC women’s bantamweight champion had a fierce, two-fight rivalry with Rousey, as well as a headlining fight vs. Nunes at UFC 200.
With Nunes and Rousey set to clash at UFC 207 on Friday, December 30th, Tate appeared on Undisputed, Fox Sports 1’s hot-takery show filled with very loudly stated conjecture, to break down the big main event. When asked by seasoned hot take specialist Skip Bayless for her gut feeling on who wins, she backed the Brazilian to send Rousey to another defeat.
“I do [think Ronda loses],” Tate said. “I think that one of those right hands lands. Unless really everything goes her way and favorable, and she gets that clinch, she gets it down quick, and gets it over. Ronda has the ability to finish anybody. So she could do it, I’m not counting her out — but I am saying that if push comes to shove, I just don’t know if her heart’s really in it anymore, and Amanda’s is, and she’s in it to win it.”
You can watch the full segment at the top of the page.
Tate (18-7) announced her retirement from MMA competition after a unanimous decision loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205. Two fights prior to that, she’d captured the UFC women’s bantamweight title at UFC 196, submitting Holly Holm in the final round of a thrilling fight, but then lost her title by rear-naked choke to Amanda Nunes. The 30-year-old is now part of the UFC on FOX analysis panel.