Miesha Tate is confident that she would defeat Ronda Rousey if they fight again.
Rousey submitted Tate in the first round of Strikeforce when Tate lost his bantamweight title. They then rematched a year later at UFC 168 and Rousey scored another submission win, but this time in the third round to defend her belt.
Although Rousey ended both fights, Tate believes that a trilogy fight would be different.
“I have no doubt that it would be different for sure,” Miesha Tate told Fight Nation on MMA on Sirius XM (via BJPENN). “I am so different myself, I don’t know how to explain it, I just want you to see it on July 17th. Just things that I didn’t realize and hadn’t calculated before as a fighter and other things. I feel like I’m finally recovering at this stage in my life. I don’t know, call it maturity, maybe just sitting and watching this sport, watching and not being under pressure to compete all the time has allowed me to see this in a more cerebral way. “
Why Miesha Tate thinks it would be different is simple. She believes that she is a much better fighter and her mental game is stronger as well.
“I used to be a fighter and tough, I still have the mental toughness, I still have the fight, but I feel like for the first time I’m tapping into my fighting IQ and I’m really going to do things in a different way much more than before.” Tate said. “At least to start fights. Fights are fights, right? You are likely to go crazy at any moment. But I am very different from what I never was before. “
Unfortunately for Tate, a trilogy fight with Rousey is highly unlikely to occur. Although Tate will return on July 17, the former UFC champion is retired and has shown no interest in returning.
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