WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Miesha Tate’s biggest asset might be her iron will. She’s the kind of fighter who lets her arm nearly snap before tapping. The kind of warrior who comes back in a title fight despite being down on the cards and finishes in the final round.
The UFC women’s bantamweight champion does not see the same grit and determination in Amanda Nunes, her UFC 200 opponent.
“She’s never faced anyone like me,” Tate said Monday at a UFC media lunch. “I also think her mentality, her mental, that’s a big weakness, honestly.”
Nunes (12-4), who challenges Tate on the July 9 megacard in Las Vegas, is a special talent. There’s no denying that. She has won three straight, two of them by finish, and has only lost to Cat Zingano in the UFC.
That bout against Zingano was one she was winning until the second round. The book on Nunes, 28, is that she’s a strong starter, but fades after the first few minutes. Critics have pointed to her cardio. Tate thinks it’s something upstairs instead.
“I don’t think that Amanda really likes to get hit,” Tate said. “I think she thinks she likes to get it, but I don’t think she does. I think she likes to be delivering. And if she’s winning, it’s great. But when she’s not, when she’s put in that spot of adversity, she tends to break. I don’t even know if it’s so much a question of cardio as it is like, how bad does she really want it? So I think there will come a point in the fight where that becomes a question in her mind and it won’t be a question in my mind. Wherever we are — whether we’re on the feet or on the ground — I’m ….View full article
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