Miesha Tate shocked fans in attendance at UFC 196 by defeating Holly Holm for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Tate won the fight via technical submission when she caused Holm to pass out in the fifth round of the contest after she applied a rear-naked choke hold.
This is the first championship Miesha has held in UFC, and she is expected to defend the title against former champion Ronda Rousey later this year. The fighting talk for that clash has already begun.
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The newly crowned champ spoke to TMZ Sports, according to the New York Post, and said she was interested in the match - despite the fact she has lost to her twice before - but she had very little sympathy for her opponent.
We know this because she took a shot at Rousey's recent comments on The Ellen DeGeneres Show when she said she was suicidal after losing the Women's Bantamweight title in her defeat to Holm at UFC 193.
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Tate said: “I am interested in it for sure. Obviously I was supposed to fight her when Holly fought her and beat her, so I was prepared and ready for that. I’ve been ready for that for a long time.
“But I also know Ronda isn’t slated to come back till November. Now that I am the champion I have unlimited energy. I don’t even know what [Ronda] is thinking right now … it seems like her motivation to stick around was to have Travis Browne’s baby. So, I don’t know.
"She’s like, I lost this belt and my motivation was to have Travis Brown’s baby. That doesn’t sound like a very motivated comeback.
“Every time I’ve ever lost my motivation is to get back up on the horse and fight someone again and work my way back to the top,”
Tate may have already taken the fiery approach to this fight, which might be frowned upon by some, but this just technique to get into the mind of her opponent. Ronda meanwhile, has taken a more subtle approach to the bout.
When Dana White texted Rousey and said she will be fighting Miesha, she replied: "Looks like I’ve got to get back to work."
Both fighters are very familiar with one another, as they have battled against each other. Their last meeting was back in December 2013 when Rousey defeated Tate to retain the UFC Women's Bantamweight title.
The war of words has already begun between these two women, and the fight hasn't even been given a date yet and is barely two days old. UFC fans are in for a real treat in a couple of months time when this bout finally takes place.
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