Former women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate questions Ronday Rousey’s return, but would prioritise a trilogy fight against “Rowdy” over Amanda Nunes rematch.
Unlike Rousey after her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, Tate has thrown herself back into the mix after losing her 135-pound title to Nunes in July this year. Tate had spent a lifetime’s work trying to reach the pinnacle stage, a point that saw her fight for the UFC title against Holm at UFC 196, and although victorious that night, her reign was short-lived.
UFC 200 saw yet another handover of the women’s 135-pound strap. Tate was attempting to defend her title for the first time against Nunes at the bicentennial celebration, however, the Brazilian had other plans. The changing of the guard that night saw Nunes dish out a vicious beating on the American, but despite this lopsided performance, defeat was no deterrent for Tate. The 30-year-old former Strikeforce champion has made a statement of intent, one that involves a return to the cage just five months later.
Speaking to Champions at a recent media scrum, Tate was quizzed on her thoughts regarding Rousey’s return, and it wasn’t all glowing for her longtime adversary.
“I don’t know what it’s going to do for Ronda [fighting Nunes], as far as where she is at, you know maybe not a five round fight, or a warm-up fight would be better for her, probably, because I think ring rust is a real thing, it definitely can effect fighters.”
“She’s been so out of the limelight, I mean none of us are really involved in her personal life, so you don’t know how she’s dealing with that loss [to Holm] since then.”
“I know she’s talked about retirement. I don’t know why people are surprised about that, she was saying that before she got Holly, she was like, it’s coming to a close. So, you know, for me, I just want to fight her one more time, granted that she goes out there, does well and wants to continue fighting, I would love the opportunity to go one more time. So hopefully it’s not too much of a race against the clock, and I will be watching that fight.”
If there’s ever a way to spark an upset in the hurt business, it’s to question a fighter’s heart and motives, and this is exactly what Tate has done – if you read between lines, the very big ones. Famed for her grit and determination, Tate has taken a diplomatic approach when commenting on Rousey’s return, but one that alludes to so much more:
“I question how much she really wants to be doing this, and I can say that if you don’t really want to do it, then it’s going to effect your ability to train and to push that extra bit, in training and in practice. If you don’t really want to do it, if you don’t really want to be there, and I’m not saying if she does or doesn’t, so I can’t say that, but I can say that if your hearts not really in it, it’s kind of a dangerous sport to play with.”
Tate has a tough task ahead of her in New York City on November 12th, an event that will galvanise the sport and its place in the mainstream. The former bantamweight champ will face Racquel Pennington, and providing she gets the win, already has a plan for her next move. Tate cannot overlook the task that she faces in Pennington, though, riding a three-fight winning streak, “Rocky” will be no pushover:
“It depends who has the belt, that’s my number one goal, I want to fight them both again [Rousey and Nunes], but I have more of a sense of urgency to want to fight Ronda because I don’t know when she’s not going to want to do this, you know when she’ll want to leave the sport. I think Amanda will be around for some time.”
As their careers are poised to intertwine once more, Tate and Rousey are both a fight away from potentially meeting again, a trilogy match like no other. Ordinarily, the famed “rubber” match offers a deciding bout between two fighters, but with Rousey winning the first two in this series, it would be about Tate and her pride – and bank balance.
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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220
UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)
Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:
“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.
If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.
Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.
UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
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