Ronda Rousey may have been out of the UFC octagon for almost eight months now, but the former Women's Bantamweight Champion remains on the minds of the fighters who continue to toil in the octagon.
In fact, speaking this week ahead of her UFC 200 fight against Amanda Nunes, current Bantamweight champ Miesha Tate rekindled her long-running rivalry with Rousey by taking yet another dig at the absent star.
Making sure the fighting world knows that she is ready to take on Rousey when, or if, the ex-champion returns to the UFC, Tate spelled out exactly why she holds the upper hand right now:
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"I don't know how. I don't know exactly what I'm going to do, but I know I am the strongest that I have ever been," the reigning champion said, via Fox Sports.
"Here I stand at the best moment of my career, the most confident that I've ever been, the best version of Miesha Tate and she's at the worst."
"She's at the lowest point of her career. I think she's second-guessing whether or not she even wants to be in it, talking about retirement, contemplating that or saying she's only going to come back for one fight, and fight me."
Those looking to explain Rousey's shock defeat to Holly Holm back at UFC 193 - the last time the 29-year-old was seen in the octagon - had cited the superstar's failure to fully commit to her day job as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter.
And, while Rousey might not have Hollywood commitments to distract her right now, Tate is clearly of the belief that her indecision about whether a UFC comeback is really in her best interests would mean the current Bantamweight champion would be the clear favourite in any hypothetical bout.
Lack of desire?
That would contrast with the two previous matches between the Women's division rivals, both of which started with Rousey as the favourite and ended with the big name star coming out victorious.
"I've lost to Ronda, twice and that was the most devastating thing that could have ever happened to me inside my career," Tate continued.
"But here I am, I have made myself better for it. I've made myself stronger. I don't recognize that in Ronda.
"I don't recognize the same desire, the same drive, the same passion, the same willingness to overcome that kind of adversity. I don't see that in her."
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