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Morning Report: Miesha Tate says Ronda Rousey ‘mentally beat herself’ against Holly Holm

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Miesha Tate isn’t a believer in “MMA math.”

Where Ronda Ronda famously failed against Holly Holm at UFC 193, Tate plans to prove the old adage that styles make fights.

With Rousey on the shelf until November, Tate gets another crack at the UFC women’s bantamweight title March 5 at UFC 196 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I think Ronda went into that fight with Holly thinking, ‘If I don’t finish this girl in under two minutes, I’m already a failure,’ and she went in there with such desperation to get a quick finish,” Tate told FOX Sports. “She had 25 minutes to get that fight to the ground and submit Holly. I think Ronda is capable of that, but I think she mentally beat herself up after not being able to do that in the first round. Hey it’s OK, you have 20 more minutes, like, relax for a second.

“She just went out there like a charging bull in a china shop and she allowed Holly to play the perfect game plan. Holly was the matador, Ronda was the bull. The bull fell victim.”

Tate says she plans to drag Holm into deep water by using the championship rounds to her advantage. Tate’s toughness got her into a third round with Rousey, lasting longer than any of “Rowdy’s” ten other opponents.

Holm, Rousey and UFC president Dana White are all banking on a fall rematch that could be “the biggest fight in UFC history,” but Tate looks to play spoiler.

“I think they’re going to regret the decision after the fact,” Tate said of UFC making the booking with Holm. “Like, ‘Man, we really wanted to step up, we wanted to prove that we’re the best in the world as champion,’ but I’m going to spoil those plans.

“They know this is a huge step ….View full article

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