Miesha Tate has been inside the Octagon with Cat Zingano before, falling to the current No. 1 female bantamweight contender last year via TKO.
Following Zingano’s recent win over Amanda Nunes, “Alpha” appears set to finally secure her shot at Ronda Rousey and the title that has eluded her since the win over Tate.
However, “Cupcake” doesn’t think Zingano’s current fight style and pace can give Rousey a worthy challenge. Zingano has started slow in both of her Octagon fights – vs. Tate and Nunes – before rallying to earn stoppage wins.
“I think Ronda is gonna win the fight,” said Tate, in an interview with the MMA Underground recently. “Zingano coming off a slow start two fights in a row is not going to serve her well against Ronda – who is a fight-finishing macihne.”
Rousey started her MMA career with seven straight first round finishes via armbar before being pushed to the third in a rematch with Tate last December. Since, she has finished both Sara McMann and Alexis Davis in a combined 88 seconds.
“(Rousey) finishes fights in the first round so you can’t come out with a slow pace and expect to get out of round one with her,” Tate said. “Rousey’s pace in the first is really, really intense.”
The two females are expected to meet in early 2015. You can hear the entire interview with Tate in the video below: