A rematch for the UFC women’s bantamweight title is set for just 5 months away on December 28 at UFC 168. Current champ Ronda Rousey snagged Miesha Tate’s Strikeforce Bantamweight Championship belt away in their first meeting on March 3, 2012 and has reigned ever since. As is the case with every fighter Ronda’s squared off again thus far, Miesha fell victim to her signature armbar and was submitted in the first round.
This time around the build up for their rematch is at an all time high. The two just wrapped filming for the first co-ed season The Ultimate Fighter’s 18th season where they coached opposite each other. Miesha told MMA Fight Corner that Rousey would walk past her on a daily basis and “gesture” inappropriate things her way.
As for any other specifics that stemmed from their rivalry that may be featured on the show, Tate said that the fans will just have to tune in come the debut on September 4th on FOX Sports 1.
Though the anticipated rematch is months away, Miesha is already working to find a way to thwart what she called Ronda’s “hybrid armbar” that throws any regular defense plan out the window.
“It’s never too early to train and practice that gameplan over and over and over, I’m going to beat it into my skull if I have to,” Tate said. “Swear to God, she’s not going to armbar me if it’s the last thing I do.”
“I will seriously shoot myself in the face before I leave that cage if she armbars me again. It can’t happen,” Tate added.
In their last fight, everything from the press conference to the staredown was intense. At the time, Miesha lasted the longest of any opponent Rousey had faced prior to being submitted. Tate admitted she wasn’t fully prepared mentally in their last showdown and broke down what she needs to do differently in all aspects of her game.
“For one, not being too emotional. I think that was the biggest problem last time was she got inside my head and she made me really, really angry,” Tate said. “I just don’t think I feed well off of negative energy. I’d rather just be positive about it and just be happy. I love the sport, I love fighting and that to me is definitely the key to victory. Other than that I think I possess all the skills to beat her, I think I just need to calm down a little bit and not go grabbing a hold of her and letting her just launch me into an armbar again. It was just really stupid.”
As far as the gameplan, Miesha explained that Rousey’s judo and trademark move that’s stopped all seven women that she’s faced requires special training. That’s something she’s planning on focusing in on right away.
“Everyone thinks it’s an armbar, it’s not. It’s like a move of it’s own,” said Tate.
“I also need to stop the judo. I mean that’s another part of it. If she goes out there and throws me and she can’t armbar me, that’s a big part of the fight too,” said Tate. “That’s what I’m going to do from now until December 28, it’s going to be an anti-judo camp.”
The battle for the UFC women’s bantamweight title will take place in Las Vegas on December 28. Rousey has successfully defended her title once at UFC 157 when she defeated Liz Carmouche. Tate got the shot at Rousey once the champ’s original opponent, Cat Zingano was injured and Tate was called up to replace her.
Listen to the full interview here: