Miesha Tate is scheduled to have her first UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship defense against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. However, she just can't help but look beyond the fight towards future possible opponents.
UFC 200 is going to be arguably one of the biggest pay-per-view events in the promotion's history, but another event which could give it a run for its money is UFC 205, the historic show scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden, New York on November 12.
Several big names are expected to be included on this card, including Tate, and she said at Wednesday's press conference at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City promoting UFC 200 that she hopes to see Ronda Rousey later on in the year in the Garden.
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Tate said, according to MMAFighting.com: "I think everything happens for a reason. I told everybody I was going to beat Holly and I did, and I'm going to beat Amanda on the 9th, and I'm going to go on, and hopefully I'm going to see Ronda in Madison Square Garden. That's going to be great."
If Tate was to fight Rousey on November 12, this would be the third meeting between the two inside the octagon. In the previous two meetings, it was Rowdy who came out on top, but Cupcake will be hoping to alter the outcome if they meet once more.
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It's worth noting however that while Rousey is entitled to a rematch, so is Holly Holm - who Tate defeated for the Women's Bantamweight title back at UFC 196 - as well as the two other women in a women's bantamweight fight at UFC 200, Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena.
"I think either one of them makes a great contender, they're both right in that top ranking, we'll see who wins," Tate said. "But either way, I'm hoping Ronda's going to make a comeback before that."
Tate still has to follow through with her plan before any of that can happen. She has already defeated Holm to win the title, so she now has to defend it against Nunes who is a fighter that can not be underestimated.
The Brazilian has won five of her last six fights and is on a three-fight winning streak, with her last bout coming from UFC 196 too, as she won via decision against Valentina Shevchenko. Nine of her last 12 victories have come via TKO as well.
With Tate having won five fights in a row since she lost against Rousey at UFC 168, which was also for the Women's Bantamweight Championship, she'll be looking to defend it successfully against Nunes so she can show Rowdy who the true champ is if they were to meet at UFC 205.