Itâ€™s been five months since Strikeforce bantamweight Miesha Tate took on Olympic judoka Ronda Rousey after an intense period of trash-talk between the two. Though Tate would ultimately go on to lose the bout, suffering a submission loss in the opening round, it doesnâ€™t look like her spirit has diminished any in the period since then as the former 135-pound champion made clear in a recent interview.
Apparently the 12-3 Tate, who fights Julie Kedzie on August 18, is out to prove she deserves a second shot at Rousey and still has a score to settle with the unbeaten title-holder.
â€œFor the most part fighting is strictly professional for me. But I would like to be the first person to beat Ronda. It would be nice taking her off the pedestal and humbling her,â€ said Tate in an interview with Punch Drunk Radio. â€œRonda isnâ€™t any better than anyone else and needs to shut her mouth. You canâ€™t have your cake and eat it too. Getting my belt back is appealing, but beating Ronda would be like that for me. It would be that sweet of a fight.â€
Rousey puts her gold up for grabs at the same August event Tate is scheduled for, facing Sarah Kaufman in the eveningâ€™s headlining tilt.
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