UFC bantamweight Miesha Tate certainly respects for the skill possessed by Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale opponent Cat Zingano even if a number of fans may not be familiar with the unbeaten competitor’s past accomplishments. However, Tate has no doubt in her mind she will walk way with her hand raised this weekend when the two tussle. In fact, she believes it’s meant to be.

Tate spoke about the match-up in a recent interview with the UFC’s website where she referred to the spoils of beating Zingano as her “destiny” even though she isn’t going so far as to overlook a very game adversary.

“I’m just not really focused on The Ultimate Fighter at this point. That’s really cool and I’m aware of that situation, but it means nothing to me if I don’t beat Cat. It’s not a reality to me yet, and you can’t move on to step two if you haven’t completed step one. So right now, it’s just about Cat Zingano and I have to beat her in order to make anything else happen. She has a hundred percent of my focus. I’m not worried about The Ultimate Fighter, I’m not worried about Ronda, and I’m not worried about anybody or anything. I just want to get whatever I need done.”

“She’s a super tough girl and seems like a nice person and everything, but I definitely don’t think that she’s ready for this opportunity. I just know that this is my destiny; it’s not hers. I’m the one who’s meant to coach against Ronda Rousey. We have a tried and true honest rivalry and Cat doesn’t. She (Zingano) is married, she’s 30, she has a kid, and I kind of think that she’s maybe contemplating retirement, but that this came at a good time for her and she wanted to take advantage of it. That’s all fine and dandy, but I’m here, I’m hungry, and I’m determined, and I know I want this more than she does and I know I’m working harder than she is. In my mind there’s no question that this is my fight to win.”

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