If Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matchmakers are still undecided on how to book Miesha Tate's next fight, they might want to check with former women's bantamweight No. 1 contender, Bethe Correia.
After all, who knows the fans better than "Pitbull?"
The Brazilian, on location in San Jose, Calif., to get some new looks from American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), told MMA Fighting that she -- not the previously announced Amanda Nunes -- is the best opponent for Tate.
"I want to fight a girl well ranked so I can show my evolution, but the girl I want to fight the most is Miesha Tate. I don't know if she's going to fight Amanda (Nunes), so I'm waiting. I have no doubt the UFC has something good for me. A fight between Miesha and I would be way better. Fans would be more interested in watching it than Miesha against Amanda. No disrespect to Amanda, I love her. But I want to knock Miesha out, and I know she wants to knock me out too. She laughed at me when I lost to Ronda, and I laughed at her too. And when I say I will fight for the title again before she does, I truly believe it. The UFC has no interest in her anymore."
Well, she might be right about that last part.
By her own admission, Tate is experiencing an "awkward" phase of her career and hasn't exactly been complimentary toward her employer, who she insists is giving division champion Ronda Rousey the path of least resistance.
Perhaps a fight against Correia would help change her opinion?