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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Miesha Tate Thinks Ronda Rousey Talked Her Way into Fight She Hasn’t Earned

Miesha Tate will defend her Strikeforce Bantamweight title on March 3rd against Ronda Rousey. Tate is 12-2 and has been competing professionally since 2007. Rousey is 4-0 and only had her first professional fight last March. Based on their experience and career accomplishments, Tate doesn’t think Rousey deserves a title shot.

“Honestly, I just don’t think that she was next in line,” Tate told Showtime’s Heidi Androl during the Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine show Saturday. “I think she’s done great so far. She’s had a really impressive career, but I think she’s still new.

“She’s only a year into her career. I’m about six. [Sarah] Kaufman’s about six. Kaufman’s 14-1, I’m 12-2. We’re kind of veterans of the sport.

“She kind of talked herself into a title fight. I’m going to be very excited to send her to where I think she belongs, and that is the back of the line.”

The gauntlet has been officially thrown. Tate’s friction with Rousey is nothing new; the debate between the began late November when Rousey called for the match because it’s a marketable “hot chick” fight. Tate later expressed a similar sentiment, saying that Rousey needs to beat some top 10 women before she gets a title shot. But Tate does understand why, from a business perspective, Strikeforce wants the fight.

I understand where Tate feels it’s unfair, but I have to side with Rousey. Rousey is a damn good fighter, she’s a damn good marketer, and I want to see if she can back up her talk and beat Tate. The interest she’s generated in the fight has been great for the sport.

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