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Miesha Tate thinks she can be the one to overcome challenge of Cris Cyborg

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Many female fighters have been asked about the prospect of fighting Cris Cyborg. Not only does Miesha Tate say she would do it, she’s thought quite a bit about it.

The UFC women’s bantamweight champion said Monday at a media lunch that she’d be willing to fight Cyborg, even at a catchweight of 140 pounds. The idea of facing the Invicta FC 145-pound champion — and arguably the baddest woman on the planet — is very interesting to her.

“I think it would be really cool to fight Cyborg, honestly,” Tate said. “Like to really see what it’s like to be in there with someone with her power. … I’ll be the first to admit, physically I think I would be at a disadvantage, but I think that I can be the one to prove that I have the heart, the durability, the determination and the will power — and technique — to overcome that kind of challenge. And that intrigues me. That would be very rewarding to me.”

Tate (18-5) obviously has plenty on her plate right now before that bout would happen. She defends the belt for the first time against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. That is Tate’s focus right now. But the Cyborg bout has crossed her mind.

“Cupcake” has said she’d be will to move up and face Cyborg at a catchweight. Cyborg fights primarily at 145, but she beat Leslie Smith at 140 last month at UFC 198 in Brazil. That was Cyborg’s UFC debut.

“It hasn’t changed, but the thing is, is I don’t know if I can not fight for the belt while I’m the champion,” Tate said. “I don’t know how that works. I’m not Conor McGregor. He has like ….View full article

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