Miesha Tate doesn’t like to praise her long-time rival Ronda Rousey.
However, the former Strikeforce champion does realize the success that Rousey amassed over the years is nothing to snicker at.
When Rousey dropped her UFC female bantamweight title to Holly Holm last November, Tate saw a broken “Rowdy.”
“I think Ronda went into the fight with Holly thinking, ‘If I don’t finish this girl in under two minutes, I’m already a failure,'” said Tate, during a recent interview with FOX Sports. “She went in there with such desperation to get a quick finish.
“She had 25 minutes to get that fight to the ground and submit Holly. I think Ronda is capable of that, but I think she mentally beat herself up after not being able to do that in the first round.”
Tate will now challenge Holm for the title as she was placed in the role of No. 1 contender after Rousey decided to take time off to film movie roles through the early stages of 2016.
While UFC president Dana White has already proclaimed plans to make “the biggest rematch in history” between Holm and Rousey, Tate knows she can play the role of spoiler to perfection.
“I think they’re going to regret the decision after the fact,” she said. “I’m going to spoil those plans.
“They know this is a huge step up in competition. They know that, stylistically, I think everyone believes that I’m more a challenging style for Holly.”
The 29-year-old Tate (17-5) has picked up four consecutive victories since a 2013 submission loss in the third round to Rousey. All four wins have been via decision over Jessica Eye, Sara McMann, Rin Nakai and Liz Carmouche.