Former StrikeForce Women’s Bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate is set to face off against Liz Carmouche in the co-main event at UFC on FOX 11 in just two weeks time. Tate is coming off a tough loss to bitter rival and UFC champion, Ronda Rousey, in their rematch at UFC 168.
Tate, who is still looking to get her first UFC victory, recently spoke with ESPN and discussed what it is like to have a dram-free training camp and fight:
I really like being matched up with Liz. It’s so refreshing. She has great sportsmanship. I get along with everyone from her team. It’s nice to just not have anything else to focus on. No drama. For most of my life, I’ve been a drama-free girl.
Of course, this training camp has been drastically different than the drama fueled rivalry between Tate and Rousey. Prior to their bout at UFC 168, Tate and Rousey coached against each other on The Ultimate Fighter season 18. What ensued was the unfolding of a bitter rivalry on national television. Both Rousey and Tate bickered back and forth constantly throughout the lead up to the fight. Plenty of the rivalry was media and UFC hype, but it was most definitely real.
Tate appears to enjoy this camp far more than the Rousey camp. It will be interesting to see if her clear mind affects her performance in a positive manner come fight night in Orlando.