Just because Miesha Tate is winless (0-2) against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, doesn't mean "Cupcake" would turn down another fight against "Rowdy."
In fact, if Tate had her way -- and if UFC President Dana White allowed it -- she would be down to trade leather against the Olympic-level judoka 100 more times ... even if she lost 99 of those fights.
Tate explains (via Fox Sports):
"I told Dana White that I'd fight her as many times as he'd let me. I don't care if I fought her 100 times and I lost the first 99 of them. I would fight her 100 times, as many times as they let me. If she beats me nine times out of 10, that might be the reality of it, but I would be game to fight her any day at any time they'd let me. And if I could ever work that and prove I deserve another title shot, or even if it's not for a title, if I ever do earn the opportunity to fight her again, I would love to."
Tate failed to get revenge against her bitter-rival when the two had their rematch at UFC 168 on Dec, 28, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada (video here).
Though Tate fell victim to Rousey's trademark armbar -- just like their first fight -- she did manage to take Rousey into uncharted territory, forcing her out of the first round for the first time in her mixed martial arts (MMA) career, dragging her into the third frame.
While Tate proved to be a game foe, ultimately she says she could have done better, but felt like "shit" and just couldn't seem to get out of first gear.
"I felt like shit, to put it quite frankly. Watching it again, I looked better than I felt, but I really had to push myself because I felt horrible. I was trying to push out of first gear but it didn't really happen. I did a lot of good things defensively, but I wasn't able to do some of the offensive things that we worked on."
Maybe if "Cupcake" was hitting on all cylinders, perhaps we could have seen another two rounds of great action ... maybe even an upset.
Nevertheless, Rousey managed to keep her perfect record intact (8-0, 2-0 UFC) and will now turn her attention to fellow Olympian Sara McMann as the two will tango in the main event of UFC 170 on Feb. 22, 2014, in "Sin City."
Tate, meanwhile, will be forced to work her way back up to title contention and perhaps to another fight against Rousey.
And then maybe another 99 more.