Miesha Tate is on the mend and hungry for another shot at Strikeforce gold.
Despite the fact that she still can't pinch her fingertips together 11 days after Ronda Rousey mangled her left arm in a gruesome armbar submission victory, Tate is itching for the chance to go toe-to-toe with the Judo master sometime again in the near future.
On March 14, she tweeted (@mieshatate) " Regardless of what happend I think its fair 2 say my fight w RR was competitive & exciting, who wouldn't wanna watch a rematch dwn the road?"
Tate's assessment of the fight is quite fair, as Rousey backed away from the former champ's strikes in the opening seconds of the bout after getting hit with a looping right hook at the five-second mark of the first frame.
Tate also fought back from an armbar attempt in the opening minute to get the fight back to the standing position by the 90 second mark. After taking Rousey's back and working for the rear-naked choke, it can be argued that Tate won the first two minutes and 30 seconds of the March 3 tilt.
The match was still fairly even by the fourth minute, as Tate opened with a crisp combo that momentarily rattled Rousey before she was taken to the mat by a gorgeous Judo hip toss.
We all know what happened next, but the fight was competitive enough to warrant a rematch at some point in the near future. Rousey even grudgingly admitted after the fight that Tate's defense on the ground was better than expected.
After a week-long hiatus from Twitter, Tate finally gave fans an update on her recovery process. "Honestly I have about 80% range of motion overall, I can use my arm fine it's just a lot weaker, can't pinch fingertips together very hard," she tweeted on March 14. "Considering I had my arm snapped in half the wrong direction a a little over a week ago i don't think it's in all that bad shape now lol."
Tate will have to wait and see how the Strikeforce bantamweight division plays out in the months ahead, as Rousey's next opponent is likely to be Sarah Kaufman.
The 25-year-old Tate is still one of the top bantamweight's in the world, and a rematch against any of the three women she's lost to in her professional career would be quite appealing to fans.
Besides a tilt against Kaufman or Rousey, fight fans would love to see Tate square off again against Kaitlin Young to avenge a devastating loss dating back to 2007.
Who should Miesha Tate fight next? Let me know in the comments.
Eric Holden is a lifelong UFC fan and supporter of the sport of mixed martial arts. His favorite fighters are Miesha Tate and Dan Henderson. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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