PHOENIX - AUGUST 13: Miesha Tate celebrates after defeating Hitomi Akano of Japan in the Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Tournament Championship bout at Dodge Theater on August 13 2010 in Phoenix Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
All four of her MMA wins so far have arrived inside the first minute, and she has yet to face anybody that has so much as tested her, let alone come close to disfiguring her face and beating her. She's been carefully matched, she's been pampered and she's been protected. The truth is, going into this world title fight with me, Ronda is still to discover whether she is even a real fighter. However, on March 3rd, the night we meet for my Strikeforce world bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey will learn just how hard and horrible the sport of mixed martial arts can be. I will take great pleasure in dragging her into deep waters for the first time in her life and then drowning her there.
-- Miesha Tate blogs for Strikeforce leading up to her March 3, 2012, bantamweight title defense against Ronda Rousey at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The feud between these two lethal ladies has served a wide ranging purpose for women's MMA in the sense that it's reignited interested not just with fans but with executives at the Zuffa offices. Indeed, UFC President Dana White is now promoting the fight himself, telling anyone who will listen how pumped he is to see what should be an explosive match-up. He'll also have more control over the entire Strikeforce promotion for the March 3 card, and with Showtime pulling out all the stops with unique video promos leading up to the fight, all signs point to a smashing success for all involved. Oh, and it helps that Tate and Rousey are verbally sparring before climbing inside the cage to rip each others heads off (or arms, as it were). For her part "Takedown" is looking forward to dragging "Rowdy" into deep waters for the first time and says she'll take great pleasure in watching her drown. Sick sadism aside, who's predicting that as the outcome of the bout? Anyone? Or will Rousey do what she's always done and take Tate's arm home with her, along with the 135-pound title?