Before UFC 196, UFC President Dana White announced that whoever wins in the Meisha Tate-Holly Holm fight will be penciled in for Ronda Rousey’s comeback later this year. While Holm was heavily favored to win the match inching fans closer to a much awaited Holm-Rousey rematch, Tate pulled an upset and defeated Holm via a rear naked choke.
Shall White’s words stick out, Tate and Rousey will be facing each other in November, and it will be an interesting Bantamweight belt switch if Rousey emerges as the winner given that the aforementioned belt was hers before Holm knocked her out in UFC 193.
However, Tate is not yet ready to let go of the title especially not to Rousey.
“I want to go out there and I want to rematch her. I feel so excited now that I have the belt. It’s like I’m supercharged and I feel confident. Definitely. I want to get back in there,” the 29-year-old mixed martial artist told Maxim.
“I thought that was a big sign of mental weakness, to be honest,” Tate said
“I’ve been down and out in this sport, too, obviously losing my fight to Ronda,” she added, referring to to her loss interestingly against Rousey at UFC 168 back in 2013.
“That was really, really hard for me. But my mindset is to get back in the gym and get better, get stronger and learn from it and come back, and now here I am with the world title. It makes me wonder what kind of a fighter will return when Ronda, if Ronda, does return.”
Meanwhile, if by any chance, Rousey and Tate do not meet later this year, an old foe in Cris Justino may just be Rousey’s opponent. “Cyborg” is slated to make her big splash in the UFC against Leslie Smith on May 14 and if she wins, the odds of her facing Rousey may just increase.
The two have a long history together as both of them were tagged to be the best pound-for-pound female fighters in the world just before Rousey’s loss to Holm.