Fans of the UFC’s women’s division will be getting a late holiday present as the rematch between rivals Miesha “Cupcake” Tate (13-4) and UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (7-0) is slated for UFC 168, Dec. 28.
The war between Tate and Rousey goes back to 2012 where the two first exchanged heated words and would meet for the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight title. Rousey scored a first-round submission, via armbar, on Tate and captured the title. Although the two have had different opponents, the rivalry between these two continued to escalate.
The two are currently coaching against each other on the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” According to UFC President Dana White, the rivalry between these two has risen to rival the rivalry of Tito Ortiz (16-11-1) and Ken Shamrock (28-15-2), who coached season 3 of “TUF.” Tate earned the right to coach against Rousey after Cat Zingano (8-0), who defeated Tate on the TUF: 17 Finale, suffered a knee injury.
Although Tate and Rousey will surely bring the war onto the reality show, the fight itself is an entirely different matter.
Rousey was able to finish Tate the first time and she could easily do it again. Her strength and killer instinct have made it impossible for her opponents to handle. One aspect of Rousey’s game we have not seen is her striking. Cupcake was able to absorb a lot of punishment from Zingano, until the referee stopped the fight, but Rousey may have some power in her hands of the likes we have never seen.
Still, Tate may have a trick or two up her sleeve. In the first fight, she escaped an armbar attempt from Rousey early in the first round. If she can pull of a similar escape and then mount an attack, she could overpower the champion enough for a submission attempt of her own and pull out a victory.
One thing about this rematch is for certain. It will not go five rounds.
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