With the latest exciting Conor McGregor chapter closed until 2017, attention now turns to the UFC’s other mega star in the form of Ronda Rousey.
Rousey makes her return to the Octagon on December 30 at UFC 207, challenging Amanda Nunes for the women’s bantamweight championship – the same title she relinquished to Holly Holm last year before taking a year out from the sport.
Not everyone seems to be overly excited regarding her return, with certain fellow fighters believing she doesn’t deserve an immediate rematch for the championship.
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Nevertheless, it’s the fight UFC fans will be getting and the recently retired Miesha Tate has commented on how she believes this fight will go down.
Tate knows both women quite well, she lost on two occasions to bitter rival Rousey – both by submission – and also dropped the bantamweight title to Nunes in what was her first defence since dethroning Holm.
Speaking to MMAJunkie, ‘Cupcake’ questioned Rousey’s mental ability heading into the fight.
She said: “I guess what’s really difficult for me to decide is what we’re going to get out of Rousey.
“Is she doing it because she wants to, or is she doing it before she feels obligated? Is that knockout going to be in the back of her mind? Is she going to be punch shy?
“It’s kind of like – I remember when I went skiing for the first time, I was like five years old, and I just blitzed down the hill. I had no fear.
“The first time that I wrecked really, really hard is when I realised that this is actually dangerous, so you kind of wonder what has that put in the back of her mind?”
NUNES OVER ROUSEY
Before her loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205, Tate shared her desire to meet Rousey in the Octagon for the third time before calling it a day.
That loss accelerated those plans and there will obviously be no trilogy fight between the pair, and her long-time rival doesn’t want Rousey to reclaim the title, siding with Nunes.
She added: “I know that Amanda is a very solid fighter and she hits like a tonne of bricks.
“She’s a very worthy opponent.
“It should be interesting. I want Amanda to win. She’s a sweetheart and a good girl, I think she deserves it.”
While Tate’s opinion might not mean a lot to Rousey, she’ll be determined to show that she still has a lot to give as she approaches her own retirement, and there will be no bigger way to bow out that by holding the gold.
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