UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate had the option of waiting around until the end of the year to face former champion Ronda Rousey for a third time, but opted to put her title on the line as soon as possible instead.
The moment Holly Holm lost consciousness from a Tate rear-naked choke and relinquished her belt to “Cupcake” at UFC 196, the women’s 135-pound title picture became crowded and blurry.
Tate could have potentially faced Rousey, or had a rematch with Holm, or tried to avenge her loss against third-ranked Cat Zingano. Instead, she’ll face fourth-ranked Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in July.
Tate wanted to defend her title as soon as possible and recently renegotiated her contract with the fight promotion.
“I’m so excited that I get such a quick turnaround. There’s been so many times in my career that there’s been an eight-month layoff, a nine-month layoff, a six-month layoff; this is going to be a really quick turnaround,” Tate said while recently appearing on FOX Sports Live.
Tate felt that Nunes was the most deserving because she’s the only fighter ranked in the top four that isn’t coming off of a loss.
“I get to make my first title defense against what I feel is a very formidable opponent. She’s on a four-fight win streak. Not that many girls in the division – I think the only other one that’s on a real win streak is Julianna Pena, so she’s a very dangerous opponent,” said Tate.
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