- Miesha Tate’s first bantamweight defense will come against Ronda Rousey
- She believed she can win against her rival
- She said Rousey became a ‘broken woman’ after being defeated by Holly Holm
Miesha Tate, who is the new UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion after she defeated Holly Holm in the co-main event of UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz on Saturday, March 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada called Ronda Rousey a ‘broken woman’.
UFC President Dana White announced that Tate’s first bantamweight defense will come against Rousey.
“I think that Ronda now will fight Miesha Tate for the title. That’s what’s going to happen.” That’s what I said before this fight even happened. Whoever wins tonight will fight Ronda for the title,” he said.
Tate, who had fought Rousey twice but had never won a single match, believes that she has a good chance of winning when they face each other for the third time.
MMA Fighting quoted Tate as saying: “What about Ronda’s mentality?. I think Ronda is beating herself up over this. I mean, she previously said that she’s so emotional to the point where she’s considering crazy things. It’s like, this is a broken woman. I don’t know if she’ll ever come back the same. But I have proven that I can come back from adversity and I do come back and I will come back. And there’s no one in this sport that can break me. I have the strongest mindset of anybody in there. I don’t know where Ronda is with her mindset, but I have to wonder. Is she ever going to come back the same?”
Rousey disclosed during her appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she contemplated suicide briefly after she lost her UFC Women’s Bantamweight championship belt to Holm last year.
As for Tate, she believes she has improved so much and she had showed it when she fought and defeated Holm.
“Look at how much my striking improve. From that fight that I fought Ronda, I still had really wild, kind of flinging hooks. I let Ronda come right into that clinch. I was punching so wide and open and nothing down in the middle,” she added.