Miesha Tate has had a lot to say about Ronda Rousey as of late and the UFC women’s bantamweight champion doesn’t seem to plan on stopping any time soon.
Tate is currently preparing for her first title defence against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 on Saturday and she is brimming with confidence ahead of the bout as she feels she is on top of her game.
Should she triumph over Nunes, Tate’s next opponent is likely to be Rousey. ‘Rowdy’ has beaten Tate twice in the past via submission, but the 29-year-old doesn’t see it happening again if they meet in the Octagon for a third time.
“I don’t know how. I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do, but I know that I am the strongest that I have ever been,” she said on UFC Fight Pass. “Here I stand at the best moment of my career, the most confident that I’ve ever been, the best version of Miesha Tate. And, she’s at the worst.
“She’s at the lowest point of her career. I think she’s second-guessing whether or not she even wants to be in it, talking about retirement, contemplating that or saying she’s only going to come back for one fight, and fight me.”
Tate is no stranger to defeat and she believes those losses have crafted her into the fighter she is today, but she feels as if Rousey has not shown the same spark as she has after she lost her title to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November last year, with the California native committing to starring in Hollywood movies rather than booking fights in the Octagon.
“I would expect things like, you know, ‘I need to get right back in there, I’ve got to prove this, I’m going to go on another title run.'” She said. “Those are not things that I’ve been hearing from Ronda. Where is her heart really laying?
“I know that when I’ve gone through the toughest of tough times – I’ve been head kicked and knocked out, before. I’ve lost to Ronda, twice, [and] that was the most devastating thing that could have ever happened to me inside my career. But, here I am. I’ve made myself better for it. I’ve made myself stronger.
“I don’t recognize that in Ronda,” Tate said. “I don’t recognize the same desire, the same drive, the same passion, the same willingness to overcome that kind of adversity. I don’t see that in her.”