10 Best Face-offs in MMA History

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Dec 28, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ronda Rousey (red gloves) and Miesha Tate (blue gloves) fight during their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate

Before both women would eventually go on to blaze new paths for woman’s combat sports and become pioneers of woman’s MMA and eventual UFC champions, the two met for the first time in their heated rivalry in the Strikeforce organization.

Tate came into the bout as the defending champion and Rousey was just starting her rise to superstardom. Rousey appeared on stage accompanied by a very youthful looking Edmond Tarverdyan. Ronda casually took off her leather jacket and clothes and cautiously jumped on the scale.  After making weight, Rousey brandished a huge grin in what might have been a sign of relief.

Miesha smoothly strutted on stage and got on the scale making weight easily.  She then approached Ronda and actually initiated the contact between the two, lowering her stance and eventually making physical contact, butting heads with Rousey, who didn’t take kindly to the gesture and immediately thrust her entire body into Tate, head first, before Scott Coker separated the two.

Rousey would ultimately lose her title to decorated former boxer, Holly Holm; in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.  Holm then lost the belt to Tate in her first defense, setting up what many thought would be Tate v. Rousey 3, but it was not meant to be when Amanda Nunes demolished Tate in her initial defense. Tate retired and Rousey doesn’t appear to be fighting anytime soon, but Tate has said she would come out of retirement for a third crack at Rousey.

Tate retired and Rousey doesn’t appear to be fighting anytime soon, but Tate has said she would come out of retirement for a third crack at Rousey.

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