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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.

Ronda Rousey Wants to Face Miesha Tate Because It’s a Marketable ‘Hot Chick’ Fight

There are three certainties in life: life, death, and Ronda Rousey by armbar in the first round.

The 24-year-old judo specialist has gone 7-0 in her career (4-0 in pro fights, 3-0 in amateurs) and she’s finished each of her fights in the first minute with an armbar. In her most recent fight Friday on Strikeforce Challengers, she even dislocated opponent Julia Budd’s elbow.

Rousey is one of the top fighters at 145 pounds, but she’d rather drop down to 135 to face one of that class’ better fighters before taking on 145-pound champ Cyborg Santos. Specifically, Rousey says she’d like to face bantamweight champ Miesha Tate, not just because she matches up well with her, but because it would be marketable.

“I’m not dumb, you’re not dumb,” Rousey told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “Really, if we push the ‘hot chicks’ to fight each other for a title, it’s going to get a lot of attention. That’s why I’d rather fight Miesha for a title instead of Sarah Kaufman. Because she’s good looking and she’s marketable. More marketable than the vast majority of the girls in women’s MMA. I think that’d be a huge fight and it would lead to an eventual fight between me and Cris Cyborg being an even bigger deal. I’m just trying to figure out the right way to do things so us girl fighters have some job security a few years from now.”

Rousey may come across as conceited, but she knows what she’s doing. Being good looking helps capture attention as a female athlete. Just look at this woman for example.

Rousey has talked in the past about becoming the face of female MMA, and she has the game to back it up. If Rousey can beat Tate, she’ll be on her way to accomplishing that goal. And then we’ll have to wonder what’s going on with Gina Carano, the previous face of female MMA.