There seems to be a lot more excitement heading into UFC 207 now, with Ronda Rousey confirming in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that her upcoming title fight against Amanda Nunes will be one of her last.
Nobody knows just how long she’ll continue fighting; a title win means she could stick around for a little while longer, whereas another loss will certainly cut short her plans to stick around.
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With so many factors coming into play, Miesha Tate is interested in fighting Rousey for a third time before she calls it a day, and wasn’t too surprised at the fact that she’s contemplating retirement.
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Tate knows both women well; she recently lost to Nunes in her first title defence after defeating Rousey’s conqueror, Holly Holm.
She’s already faced Rousey on two occasions, submitting to her devastating armbar twice and is sure that their paths will cross once more in the UFC to complete the trilogy.
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Speaking at a recent media scrum, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion said: “I know she’s talked about retirement and I don’t know why everyone is so surprised about that.
“I feel like she was saying that before she lost to Holly, she was coming to a close.
“For me, I just want to fight her one more time and granted that she gets the job done, and wants to continue fighting.
"I would love to go one more time, so hopefully it’s not too much of a race against the clock, and I will be watching that fight with great interest.”
While Rousey prepares for her comeback at the end of the year, Tate will be in action at UFC 205 on the undercard of the lightweight title clash between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor, and this week Tate discussed who she prefers to walk out of UFC 207 with the title she wants to reclaim.
She said: “Well, it depends who has the belt. That’s my number one goal.
“I want to fight them both again, but I have more of a sense of urgency to want to fight Ronda because I don’t know when she’s going to leave this sport. I think Amanda will be here for some time.”
It’s understandable as to why Tate wants to mix it up with her long-time rival one more time, not only will she have the opportunity to pick up one win over her, but they’ve both remained pioneers of women’s mixed martial arts.
This would be a great way for Rousey to bow out, unless Cris Cyborg has other ideas.
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