Gina Carano used to be the unquestionable face of women's MMA. That is until Cristiane Santos beat it in and bruised it up, sending her off to Hollywood and the land of coffee breaks and scripted action.
And while "Cyborg" is one badass chick, she was never fully accepted as the new face that would lead the charge for the ladies in the new landscape of MMA.
How does she feel about it? She answered at the post-fight press conference:
"I'll let the fans decide (if I'm the new face of women's MMA). I just know that I became the new 135-pound world champion and I'm happy with that. I'm happy to represent women's MMA and you know, the rest I'll just leave up to you guys."
Unlike Carano, Tate is not perceived as just a pretty woman with marginal skills inside the cage. To the contrary, her skill set is built to hold her bantamweight title for a very long time.
And that could mean she very well is the new face of women's MMA. Or is she not? She says you decide, Maniacs. What's your choice?
Hear more from Tate on her big win after the jump.