Despite being on the sidelines since November 2015 after a devastating loss to Holly Holm, former UFC bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey is already the favored fighter against a potential third fight against new champion Miesha Tate.
Tate was able to immediately put a halt to Holm’s title reign on Saturday night after successfully sinking in a rear-naked choke late in the fifth round. And as originally stipulated by company president Dana White, Tate could be facing her old adversary in Rousey.
“Rowdy,” however, has not yet made her return date definite, but according to fight odds, she is already favored to win the said third fight against Tate. According to BestFightOdds.com (via BloodyElbow), Rousey is the -432 favorite, while Tate opened up as the +410 underdog.
The report adds that another undisclosed agency had Rousey as the -1200 favorite, while Tate was the +600 underdog.
Tate and Rousey have already faced each other a total of two times in their respective careers. The first time was for Tate’s then Strikeforce bantamweight title in March 2012, in which Rousey took by ending the fight via first round armbar.
The second encounter was during UFC 168 in December 2013, when Rousey once again ended the fight via armbar submission, this time in the third round.
Meanwhile, another one of Rousey’s fiercest rivals went on to lambast the ex-champion.
Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino has always been vocal about her feelings towards Rousey, and most recently, she took the chance to throw some verbal jabs.
This time around, she attacked Rousey’s previous declarations of having suicidal thoughts after her loss to Holm.
I think it’s weak mind, you know? Because when you fight, you can lose, you can win. It’s a sport,” Justino said in a report by BloodyElbow.com. “You cannot think you want suicide because you lose one fight.”
Rousey said that what stopped her from doing so was the thought of her boyfriend Travis Browne, whom she intends to have a family with in the future.