UFC on Fox 11 co-main event competitor Miesha Tate opens up about her rivalry with Ronda Rousey, why she respects Georges St-Pierre so much, and her bout with Liz Carmouche.
UFC on Fox 11's co-main event will see former UFC women's bantamweight title challengers facing off in the cage. And when Miesha Tate steps in there against Liz Carmouche, it will be surrounded by a whole lot less drama than her long rivalry with Ronda Rousey that ended with Rousey on top once again. Tate spoke to Brett Okamoto of ESPN about the bout with Carmouche, and being happy to only have a fight to focus on:
"I really like being matched up with Liz," Tate said. "It’s so refreshing. She has great sportsmanship. I get along with everyone from her team. It’s nice to just not have anything else to focus on. No drama. For most of my life, I’ve been a drama-free girl."
Tate discussed the game plan going into her UFC 168 bout with Rousey, saying that she went wrong by attempting too many takedowns late in rounds to cement them on the scorecards. It ended up playing into Rousey's hands and ultimately cost her the fight. When reflecting on that, she brought up former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and named him as one of her favorites:
"That’s why I think [Georges St-Pierre] is one of my favorite fighters. He seems to be able to stick to a game plan and execute it flawlessly, whether it’s exciting or not. He does it with perfection every single time. I’m like, ‘How do you do that?’"
She also briefly talked about the infamous handshake that Tate offered Rousey after the fight, which was not returned by her rival:
"That's on her now and I'm fine with that," Tate said. "I extended my [hand]. That at that point signified me saying, ‘You got the fight tonight. Congratulations. I respect you.' She didn't want to give me the mutual fighter respect."
Tate believes that she could get another shot at the title one day, and approximates that she'd need three wins over top contenders to be back in the mix. I'm not sure if that's realistic or not, but it's definitely possible that we see Rousey/Tate 3 at some point down the road.