Tate: If Rousey Loses, She Will Retire
Miesha Tate fights on the biggest card of the year this weekend when she opens up the UFC 205 pay-per-view, but she still can’t get away from questions about Ronda Rousey. With Rousey returning at the end of the year, Tate said she believes it’s a do-or-die fight for her former foe.
Since Rousey lost her belt to Holly Holm last November, the title has been passed around to multiple women, including Tate. The former Strikeforce champ finally seized UFC gold when she choked out Holm in March. Tate’s reign ended a few months later, when she was dominated by Amanda Nunes in the first round of UFC 200’s main event.
Rousey’s upcoming attempt to reclaim the title from Nunes is no easy fight. Nunes has shown the ability to strike with the kind of stinging power that gave Rousey fits in her last fight.
While Rousey’s recent announcement that her next fight will be one of her last made headlines last week, Tate was not surprised by the statement.
"I already knew that," Tate told TMZ. "Didn’t everyone already know that? I don’t know why everyone’s so surprised by it honestly. It’s kind of like we already knew that before she fought Holly [Holm]. So it’s no surprise to me. I already kinda knew this would be one of her last ones, if not potentially her last one if she doesn’t win it. It could be her last one."
If Rousey were to lose to Nunes, it would be two losses in a row for a fighter that had been nothing but dominant ahead of her first defeat.
As for Tate, she has to get past Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 if she wants to reinsert herself into the title picture. She still wants a third fight with Rousey, who with Tate created the biggest rivalry in women’s MMA.
"I really would like another crack at her but I don’t want a half-hearted version of Ronda anyway so I hope she comes back strong and I hope it’s not too much of a race against the clock. I definitely would like to face her in the future."