Miesha Tate's next fight: 'Cupcake' wants a piece of Gina Carano, will settle for Sarah Kaufman rematch

Esther Lin

Miesha Tate isn't short of options after her win against Liz Carmouche at UFC on FOX 11 last Saturday night (April 19, 2014) in the co-main event. What's next for "Cupcake?" She already has a few ideas up her sleeve.

Like the faux Jim Morrison said in Wayne's World 2: "If you book them, they will come."

Miesha Tate snapped a two-fight losing streak last weekend (Sat., April 19, 2014) at UFC on FOX 11: "Werdum vs. Browne," defeating Liz Carmouche by the skin of her teeth (highlights here).

The highly-marketable women's bantamweight veteran has not only acquired a larger fan base since losing to her bitter rival Ronda Rousey at UFC 168 last December, but she's also always down for a tough opponent in order to elevate her game.

Tate has fought a number of high-profile women's bantamweights in her career, facing tough opposition in the past such as Julie Kedzie, Cat Zingano, Marloes Coenen, Zoila Frausto Gurgel, and Sarah Kaufman.

According to Tate, a Sarah Kaufman rematch of their first meeting at a Strikeforce Challengers card in 2009 would be enticing (via FOX Sports):

"I think Sarah Kaufman would be a good fight. I lost that one in Strikeforce. How about Holly Holm? She wants to climb her way to the top, I'd be a great starting point."

Tate succumbed to the Canadian by unanimous decision when they first met. As for Kaufman, she beat Leslie Smith in a rematch of their Invicta FC 5 bout earlier this week at The Ultimate Fighter: "Nations" Finale in Quebec City.

Holly Holm is an interesting fight for Tate, too, since the former pro boxing has been mulling over offers with her agent after winning the Legacy FC women's bantamweight championship by tearing apart a few unfortunate foes.

Speaking of newcomers, the Washington native would also love to be the first competitor in front of Gina Carano if "Conviction" eventually signs with the promotion.

Rumored to be joining UFC once her Strikeforce contract expires, Carano would be an entertaining option for Tate, and "Cupcake" expressed at the UFC on FOX 11 post-fight press conference that she would be more than willing to throw down:

"I'd like it. I'll take that fight all day long, for sure. I mean, I'll fight anybody, but I'd love to fight Gina."

It's safe to say we'll be tuning in regardless of which proposed match up materializes.

For more on Tate's win against Carmouche at UFC on FOX 11, check out our full results right here.

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