The co-main event of UFC 168 features the Women’s Bantamweight Championship rematch between Ronda Rousey, and her bitter rival, Miesha Tate.
While coaching opposite one another on TUF 18, the women’s rivalry erupted onto our television screens. Hatred spewed from Rousey’s mouth, while Tate played a more passive role. The passive aggressiveness turns into fisticuffs this Saturday night when the women battle for the title.
The fight is a rematch of their title bout back in StrikeForce in 2012. At the time, Miesha Tate was the champion, and Ronda Rousey was a 4-0 prospect. Rousey dominated Tate in the grappling exchanges and pulled off one of the nastiest armbars in the history of the sport to defeat Tate and take the title.
After defeating Tate, Rousey went of to beat Sarah Kaufman via armbar a few months later. Since then, Rousey has erupted into stardom, bringing women’s MMA along for the ride with her. Rousey effectively brought women’s MMA to the UFC, and has done a fantastic job leading the way. Saturday night will mark her second title defense inside the UFC.
Tate has not been the best fighter since her loss to Rousey, but she is getting the shot nonetheless. After losing to Rousey in 2012, Tate defeated Julie Kedzie by armbar in her final StrikeForce bout. In her UFC debut, she faced Cat Zingano in the #1 contenders bout. The winner of the fight would also be coaching against Rousey in the new season of TUF. Tate fought valiantly, but was ultimately TKO’ed by Zingano in round 3. Luckily for Tate, Zingano injured her knee, and Tate replaced her as the coach on TUF. Tate will be getting her shot at the title on Saturday coming off a loss.
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