The mixed martial arts community will get to see its greatest female MMA rematch in history after the latest news regarding the next season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Current Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will still coach on the show, but instead of facing off with Cat Zingano both on the show and in December for the title, Miesha Tate will step in for the injured Zingano in both avenues.
Rousey is the undefeated champion, having finished all seven of her career fights via submission and all with the Armbar. In the first ever UFC title defense of a women’s title, Rousey defeated Liz Carmouche in what was the longest fight of the champions career, lasting 4:49 of the first round. Prior to that fight, the longest time Rousey spent in a female MMA fight was against Tate at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey in March 2012 when she won the Strikeforce bantamweight title.
Was Miesha Tate Lucky?
One could say that Tate was lucky to get this chance. In her first UFC fight, she competed in what turned out to be the Fight of the Night with Zingano. Unfortunately for Tate, it was a fight that didn’t go her way and she lost via TKO in the third round. With the win, Zingano earned the chance to coach opposite of Rousey and eventually fight for the title. That all changed on May 28 when the UFC announced that Zingano was forced off the show and her title fight because of injury.
According to Yahoo Sportswriter Kevin Iole, Zingano tore her ACL and MCL during training. Zingano already underwent the surgery to repair the knee, but won’t be ready to compete for another six to nine months, obviously eliminating her from title consideration.
For the UFC, the decision to put Tate in this fight was an easy one. Aside from Cyborg Santos vs. Marloes Coenen, no other female MMA fight would be as popular and be wanted so much by the fans. Rousey vs. Tate 2 will end up as the biggest female MMA fight in history, easily surpassing the Cyborg vs. Gina Carano fight from 2009.
Whether the outcome of their rematch will be different all depends on Tate and her ability to avoid being put on her back or being in a position where Rousey can lock in her Armbar. If she can’t prevent any of those situations, Rousey should improve her career record to 8-0.
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