That’s not an uncommon sentiment among popular fighters, and Tate, the UFC’s #2 ranked Women’s Bantamweight certainly has her place among the promotion’s stars.
But what she had in mind — well, that may just surprise you.
“I really want to fight Bethe Correia,” Tate says. “She’s doing really well and she’s not afraid to engage in a fight. She’s undefeated and she has an exciting style of fighting.”
“My last two opponents that I beat just wanted to grab a hold of me and take me to the ground,” she continues. “They did not want to throw punches with me at all. It’s not as fun for me. I like people that want to stand up and fight. I feel like Correia is well rounded and we could win fight of the night. It’s hard to win fight of the night when one of the two people in the ring just want to hold on to you or lay on you. I want to fight someone that isn’t afraid to stand up with me.”
Correira, of course, is indeed undefeated in her young (two-year) MMA career, and has shown solid striking skills in her three UFC wins. She’s best known for her defeats of Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler — both members of UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey’s stable of fighters, which she dubs “The Four Horsewomen.” Those losses reportedly spurred Rousey to ask UFC president Dana White to arrange a bout against Correira — which White refused.
Tate and Rousey have fought twice, with Rousey winning both times. Tate has earned decision victories in her last two bouts, against Rin Nakai and Liz Carmouche.