It was a bit of an emotional pendulum for Miesha Tate en route to her title shot against Holly Holm, but she made her opportunity at UFC 196. Tate’s fifth-round submission over Holm not only earned her her first title since she was Strikeforce’s bantamweight champion, but it also opened up a fair amount of intrigue as to what comes next.
Does the UFC do a trilogy fight between her and uber-star Ronda Rousey, who has defeated Tate twice already? Is a rematch with Holm in order, given how memorable the first fight was? Should Tate defend against a game-ready Amanda Nunes, who defeated Valentina Shevchenko the same night Tate rearranged the title picture?
According to her coach, Robert Follis, he’d settle for any of those scenarios — but it just depends on how the cookie crumbles.
“What do I think is going to happen? This sport’s so crazy,” he said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “We went from having a title fight to not having it. Will Ronda be ready? Is she going to be doing a movie? Does she really want to fight now? Do they want a rematch with Holly? Do they thing that’s marketable enough? Do they want to put Amanda Nunes in and try and get a Miesha a little streak going and build up a story, to get going on that?”
Follis said that matchmaking isn’t black and white. There are a lot of factors that play into a fight coming together, ranging from timing to fan intrigue.
“So much of this sport has to do with who’s best, and so much has to do with what’s marketable,” he said. “And so, we trust that — well one, we got the belt, so we’re fighting someone. And it’s for the ….View full article
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