It’s officially booked. The UFC has released a December 28 date for the return of female bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey versus her nemesis Miesha Tate. Rousey may have took the first showdown via first round armbar to capture the Strikeforce title, but don’t count “Cupcake” Tate out just yet. It is a fight. The two will now headline UFC 168, as of now. With The UFC’s usual “all out” New Years cards becoming a tradition, you can expect much more star power to join them.
Former Strikeforce champ Miesha Tate has been more than confident in every fight she has been in. Following her loss of the belt to Rousey, Tate showed her own armbar skills, taking out Julie Kedzie in Aug. 2012. From their she would earn a contender fight against Cat Zingano, where she suffered a TKO via knees and elbows. Tate was quick to call foul after the fight, as she felt the fight was stopped prematurely. Truthfully, the beating on Tate’s face was grisly. Regardless, Tate would get her coaching spot against Rousey and the rematch she so wanted as Zingano was forced to bow out with an injury.
Ronda Rousey is just a beast. With her judo submission game on another level, no opponent has been able to make it out of the first round with the queen of armbars. Much like the Men’s evolution, a submission specialist is dominating the sport, just as Royce Gracie did. Her recent victim, Liz Carmouche looked to come the closest to stopping Rousey as she locked in a painful face torque. Rousey gritted it out however and turned the tables to finish as she always has in the first.