It’s hard to know exactly where women’s MMA would be right now without the 2012 tilt between bantamweights Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate under the Strikeforce banner. The animosity between the two leading up to the bout was genuine, as were their athletic credentials and sex appeal. The combination drew the sports world’s attention who ultimately saw Rousey’s shred Tate’s arm in the first round with the result launching “Rowdy” Ronda into the stratosphere as far as MMA stardom.
The two were almost set to meet again, this time in the Octagon, while opposing each other as coaches on TUF 18. However, Tate stumbled in her scrap with Cat Zingano and is now set to face Liz Carmouche at UFC on FOX 8 instead of Rousey for the divisional gold.
That being said, Rousey told MMAFighting this week she still expects to see action against Tate regardless of the recent setback…
“I think because of the demand it’s going to end up happening anyway. So many people want to see that fight again. A lot of people keep telling me that was their favorite fight. And just me and Miesha personally, I think we just like fighting each other because we don’t like each other very much. It’s bound to happen just because the demand is there.”
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