Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and World’s Most Dominate Athlete, Ronda Rousey has been on the sidelines for the past few months and stayed well away from the public eye after a devastating loss to the former champion Holly Holm at UFC 193 in what is labeled as the biggest upset to ever happen in the UFC and sport of mixed-martial arts.
With Rousey no longer the champion and having lost most of her confidence to compete it looks to be that she will never compete in the sport again. Though that looks to all have changed after her former foe and arch rival Miesha Tate defeated the very women that knockout Rousey out with a vicious clean head kick, by a fifth round submission finish (by rear-naked choke).
Rousey and Tate have fought two times previously and in both fights Rousey has walked away as the victor with her incredible judo techniques that lead her to finish Tate in the first round of the first fight and third in their second fight by armbar. With that being said, this could be just what Rousey needs to gain her momentum and regain her stardom and become the face of the UFC once again as she and Tate do not get along. Rousey would love nothing more than to spoil her fifteen minutes of fame by defeating her in a third fight a take away what Tate has worked so hard for since entering in the UFC and the sport of MMA.
This could even open up the possibility of Rousey returning at UFC 200 in July after all rather than a return in October for what the UFC had planned giving the promotion the chance to still break the current buyrate record held by UFC 100.
But before anyone makes any celebration plans on Rousey regaining UFC gold fans cannot forget just how far Tate has come since their last meeting at UFC 168 in 2013 and how she has shown some major improvements. Tate has won her last five fights and proved to be a much tougher challenge for Holly Holm than Rousey was where Tate managed to use her well-rounded wrestling techniques and get Holm to the ground and even finish her. No previous fighter that Holm has faced has ever been able to do before. That just makes Tate seem to be more of a challenge for Rousey and could even use what she learned in her fight against Holm and Rousey’s fight as well to make this fight more of a war and finally be able to defeat the very women that she has been longing to gain a win over and possibly place her into the world of retirement.
Fans can also not forget that Tate is one of two women (Holm as the second) that actually got Rousey out of the first round and really made her push to retain the belt.
With that being said this fight looks to be more intense than their last meeting with the possibility of winning ‘Fight of the Night’ again and fans around the world will be tuning in to watch this epic third showdown go down go down for what will most likely be the final time.
All I have to say is, “Make the fight happen and let the war begin!”