Miesha Tate could very well have another turn to dethrone Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight titleholder, Ronda Rousey, if she gets an all-important win against Jessica Eye at UFC on FOX 16 on July 25, 2015.
"They basically told me that after this next win that I would get another fight with Ronda Rousey," Tate declared on MMA Junkie's MMA Road Show. "Anything could change. Nothing is ever written in stone, but that is the idea behind it, that I will be getting a fight with Ronda after this next win," she stated.
Of course, not putting the cart before the horse, "Cupcake" understands she has a tough task at hand if she wants to get some much-desired revenge on "Rowdy."
"I really think it's going to be a good one," Tate said of her bout against Eye. "I think (Eye) is tough, and I think she's really young and hungry. I think she really wants it. She has yet to have her time to shine, so I can only imagine she's going to train her butt off and she's going to come (in hungry), and we're going to see the best Jessica Eye that anyone has ever seen," proclaimed the former Strikeforce champion.
"It's a huge opportunity for her, and likewise for me. To fight her and beat her solidifies myself as the No. 1 contender again and could lead to me getting the title. This is a very important bout for me, so I'm definitely not going to take it lightly."
Of course, a do over against Rousey is far from a given for other reasons, as Ronda could come up short against Bethe Correia when the two tango in the main event of UFC 190 on Aug. 1, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (details). But, the chances of the Judoka losing to the Brazilian are slim to none, says Tate.
"I just don't think she stands a chance, really," Tate said. "That's my opinion. I could be wrong, and anyone can win at any given moment, but I just feel like it's a really big mismatch because it's too early in Bethe's career. She needs to have more time to grow into herself as a fighter, and she hasn't had that, so I feel like she's kind of being thrown to the wolves," she said.
"Maybe she'll lose and learn something from it and come back better for it and get another shot later. Who's to say?"
Tate initially lost her Strikeforce bantamweight title to Rousey back in 2012, a title fight Meisha proclaimed Rousey earned way too soon; much like she believes is the case with Correia.
"Cupcake" didn't have better luck in the rematch, as she suffered another armbar loss to the grappling wizard at UFC 168. She did, however, become the first and only fighter to ever make it out of the first round against Rousey.