Miesha Tate survived an early first-round scare during her UFC 183 bantamweight bout against Sara McMann -- which went down last weekend (Sat., Jan. 31, 2015) -- to earn her third straight victory after outpointing the former Olympic silver medalist.
Tate didn't walk away unscathed, though, as "Cupcake" suffered a broken orbital bone (pic) during the three-round scrap.
Despite the injury, Tate wasted no time in calling out her next opponent, as the former title challenger quickly asked for a bout against dangerous Brazilian striker, Bethe Correia. Unfortunately for Tate, "Pitbull" has bigger fights in mind -- like one against UFC champ Ronda Rousey -- telling Vale Tudo Portal (via Bloody Elbow) that she has no interest in letting Tate weasel her way into her spotlight.
"Tate isn't the only one that wants to face me. A lot of girls from the UFC roster want a bout with me. I already have a history in the UFC, I'm undefeated after three fights. I built this history, I want to fight against the champion and she wants to fight against me. Looking at Tate I see a girl that already had a shot. She fought with Ronda twice, it's over for Tate. There is nothing for me to gain with this bout. She saw me as a person to give her the spotlights again. I want to face the champion. I always wait for the UFC to decide and it will be decided if said by them. I can fight against Tate or any other. Sarah Kaufman is someone that is calling me again and again. I keep myself ready for anything. I will speak again, I can beat the champion. My time will come, I'm only waiting the UFC tell me when it's going to happen."
Regardless of who wants to fight who, this mess will likely get sorted out soon, as UFC matchmakers will need a new challenger to the women's 135-pound title because Rousey is set to defend her belt against Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC 184 on Feb. 27, 2015, in Los Angeles, California (full details here).
If I'm putting my Sean Shelby hat on, I'd pit Tate against Kaufman in a No. 1 contender eliminator match and award Correia the next championship fight against the winner of "Rowdy" and "Alpha."