Provided Ronda Rousey gets past outspoken opponent and women's bantamweight No. 1 contender Bethe Correia at UFC 190 (more on that card here), the Olympian may find a very familiar face standing across from her inside the Octagon her next time out.
Two-time foe of the "Rowdy" champion, Miesha Tate, tallied her fourth-straight win when she defeated Jessica Eye via unanimous decision in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 16 last Saturday night (July 25, 2015) inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois.TATE:
Of the looming third fight, which UFC President Dana White confirmed after the event, Tate had a few choice words.
"I love punching Ronda in the face. Ronda Rousey doesn't like to be hit," Tate told media assembled at the post-fight presser. "I need to be able to deliver that finishing power on the feet."
The 28-year-old "Cupcake" is undecided as to whether or not she will be making travel arrangements to witness Rousey's title defense in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which takes place this Saturday (Aug. 1, 2015), because it is her boyfriend and fellow UFC fighter Bryan Caraway's birthday weekend.
No UFC fight is ever a lock, but Tate expects Rousey to be standing across from her in the near future.
"I think everyone in this sport has a chance. She's 9-0. She's been beating girls. There's always a chance," Tate said. "Who do I think is going to win the fight? I think that Ronda is going to win. I just think that Ronda is proven to be fighting better competition. This is a big step up for Bethe."
Tate does not sound like she is very confident in the Brazilian.
After all, it was Tate who became the first fighter to make it out of the first round against Rousey in their second tilt at UFC 168 back in Dec. 2013. She would ultimately succumb to an armbar in the third round and extend her hand to Rousey, but the latter wanted none of Tate's display of sportsmanship at the time.
"It's just Ronda. It's something you have to accept. That's who she is," said Tate. "I think that's a big part of our sport. We have much bigger differences than that [laughs]."
Throw away all the bad blood, coaching and antics on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18, and the ever-improving grappler just wants to hoist UFC gold one day before taking off her gloves for the final time.
"It's a bigger goal to get a win over Ronda, but in the big picture, my biggest goal is getting gold," Tate said. "I want to be able to say before I retire that I was the UFC world champion. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter who has the belt."