‘It’ll Never Die’: Miesha Tate Says Holly Holm Rematch Will ‘Get There Eventually’
Miesha Tate is returning from retirement in October, and the female MMA superstar is already looking past the Fight Night event.
Tate (19-7) said she wants a rematch with Holly Holm, who she previously defeated via submission in March 2016. She said she thinks a rematch with her bantamweight counterpart is something similar to Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz III.
“It wasn’t Holly for the reason that I feel like that’s like a golden egg fight,” Tate told The MMA Hour. “That’s like a fight that we could do at any time, any point, it’ll never die… it’s like it’s always kind of available and there. So I wanted my next fight to be a proper climb in the rankings. I don’t want to come in and insult the division.”
Holm (14-5) is coming off a two-fight winning streak over Irene Aldana and Raquel Pennington – both by unanimous decision. She fell short in the women’s bantamweight title in the UFC 196 co-main event against Tate.
But Tate would later lose the belt to dominant Amanda Nunes. Holm also lost to Nunes is a chance to obtain the strap in July 2019.
Holm is currently ranked No. 2 in the division.
“In my mind, the way that I have this played out, that I really want it to be, is that I win the title and then Holly fights me for the title,” Tate said. “… I appreciate her, but I think time and place is very important. So right now that’s not the fight we’re looking for, but we’ll get there eventually. Hopefully when I’m the champion she’ll be able to challenge me for the belt.”
Tate is scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night against Ketlen Vieira on October 16 in Las Vegas.