With a win over Rousey, UFC's Miesha Tate would want 'Cyborg' to drop to 135


miesha-tate-22.jpgSEATTLE – Miesha Tate must first see whether she’s able to avenge a gruesome submission loss to now-UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who took her Strikeforce belt and set the stage for for her rise to stardom.

After replacing the injured Cat Zingano, she’ll get a chance to do that when the two rematch at UFC 168 on Dec. 28 in Las Vegas, which follows a stint serving as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 18.”

But fans also are interested to know what will happen next if she’s able to pull off the upset. Should Rousey win, most would say that a superfight with newly minted Invicta FC featherweight champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) would be closer than ever.

The logical follow-up to that possibility, which was broached on Friday during a Q&A session with Tate at KeyArena in Seattle, is what would happen if Tate (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is able to pull off the upset.

Rousey is a huge favorite to win the fight, with early lines making her an 11-1 favorite. But Tate said she’s calling in a decorated judo player to help prepare her for the grappling skills of “Rowdy.” Besides, upsets are all too common when people start to make fights before they could potentially happen.

Tate, though, said she’s willing to entertain the idea. That’s provided that Justino meets the same criteria issued by Rousey, who might have fought the virtually undefeated Brazilian had weight and money not gotten in the way.

“I think a true fighter is down to fight anybody,” Tate said. “I know that would be a big challenge, but fighting Ronda is a big challenge. I think everybody is super tough.

“The chance to go in there and be the [second] person to beat ‘Cyborg’ would be worth it. I would for sure take the fight, but I would prefer her to come down (in weight) to fight.

“I would definitely want her to come down because I don’t walk much above 135 (pounds), and she’s already got a huge strength advantage. So that would be fair, in my opinion.”

While Tate’s request is reasonable, the parties negotiating Justino’s contract may not see it that way. Her most prominent manager, UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz, recently hinted that Justino may actually go up a weight class to lightweight rather than down to bantamweight. He said the fighter had an extremely difficult weight cut for her most recent fight, which took place earlier this month at Invicta FC 6 and ended with a fourth-round TKO win over veteran Marloes Coenen.

Then there’s the issue of working out a contract that would allow her to fight with Invicta FC’s blessing, which might not be excited to let go one of its most marketable fighters. Ortiz already rejected one offer from the UFC.

So, like many things in the fight game, there’s a lot of contingencies that have to be met before Tate (or Rousey, for that matter) would get a shot at Justino.

But it’s a fun idea, no doubt. Tate’s standout grappling skills might create problems for Justino, but she would need to get the fight to the ground, and she would have to put her opponent’s back to the mat.

Tate was faring well against her most recent opponent, Zingano, before a flurry of strikes put her on the ropes. To have a shot at Justino, it would seem there’s no other way but to grapple and submit her.

For more on UFC 168, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

  • 27 days ago
  • 19 views

Miesha Tate has had just a few days to savor a big comeback victory – and she’s got a fairly serious injury to recover from – but she has a next opponent in mind.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 12 views

Cat Zingano’s quest for a UFC title shot arguably began in April 2013, when she made her UFC debut and scored a rousing come-from-behind win over former title challenger Miesha Tate.Filed under: News read news >>

  • 6 hours ago
  • 4 views

Miesha Tate said she’s not filled with jealousy, but rather inspiration when Ronda Rousey flips the sport on its head with her spectacular performances.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 8 views

Five fighters received six-month medical suspensions as a result of damage incurred during their respective fights at UFC 183, including top contenders Miesha Tate and Tyron Woodley, according to inf read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 36 views

The Nevada Athletic Commission released the UFC 183 medical suspensions on Tuesday. Miesha Tate is among the five fighters facing potential six-month suspensions. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 6 views

In 2009, UFC women’s bantamweight Sarah Kaufman dominated Miesha “Cupcake” Tate under the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion. Six years later, Tate is a UFC star, and Kaufman wants a rematch.Filed und read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 13 views

Sarah Kaufman knows how to start a conversation. The UFC women's bantamweight division turned its game of musical chairs to full blast Thursday, when Kaufman posted a short video on Instagram challen read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 36 views

Two of the most aggressive strikers in the UFC’s female bantamweight division threw leather in one of the most exciting women’s fight of 2013. read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 26 views

Watch the full fight video for Cat Zingano vs. Miesha Tate UFC 184 is approaching and the card will be headlined by Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano.To promote the upcoming card, Zuffa has released Zinga read news >>