Riding high off of a huge win at UFC 157, it is unclear who Ronda Rousey will defend her title against next.
Although Rousey has pretty much steamrolled through all of her fights, she has been pushed to her limits before. When she fought Miesha Tate at a Strikeforce event last March, Tate was submitted via armbar in an upset loss.
More than that, Rousey had snapped Tate’s arm when she refused to tap out. Now that Tate is in the UFC, there is a good chance we will see these two face off again.
Tate already has a fight scheduled for April 13th against Cat Zingano, and the winner of that will likely take on Rousey for the title. Before she had been tapped out in a grisly manner, Tate was actually controlling the fight against Rousey. She had escaped an armbar attempt within the first minute of the bout, something no one has ever done.
Tate landed several solid strikes and even took her back at one point, but after getting hip tossed by Rousey, it was all over for Tate.
She has perhaps been Rousey’s toughest fight to date, and it is clear she has what it takes to potentially defeat Rousey. With the added inspiration of regaining her championship belt as well as avenging her embarrassing loss, Tate could very well snatch the title from Rousey in their second meeting.
While Rousey has been nothing but dominant in all of her fights, she may hit a bump in the road if she is to face “Cupcake” Tate again. The two fighters match up well stylistically and also size-wise.
Ever since her loss a year ago, Tate has been intently watching Rousey’s development, and it appears she has found a flaw in her fighting style; Rousey gives up her back. Tate had this to say about Rousey's fight at UFC 157:
"It was pretty much what I expected, but she did get a little sloppy there, giving her back up, which is a habit I have picked up on a little bit, I got her back in the first fight and I guarantee you if I get it in the second one, I'm going to rip her face off."
Strong words from the contender.
While Rousey has had no response yet, it is likely that she is saving her words for when she finds out who she will be facing off against next. If Tate does in fact defeat Zingano at TUF 17 Finale, then the war of words will surely pick up again between these two.
While Rousey is on one of the most impressive win streaks fans have ever seen, Tate could very well upset the champion in a rematch.