Miesha Tate suffered a tough loss to her bitter rival Ronda Rousey in the Strikeforce cage earlier this month, badly damaging her arm in the process, but the former champion already has her sights set on a second shot at the former Olympic Judo bronze medalist.
“I, personally, would love the opportunity to have a rematch,” Tate tells MMAFighting. “I think for the most part I was probably winning. I think at a competitive level, one day one person could beat the one person, and the other day, the other person would beat the other person.”
Meanwhile, Tate’s still waiting to find out the full extent of the damage to her arm after becoming the fifth opponent in a row to feel the full force of Rousey’s now infamous armbar technique.
The good news is that it’s not broken, but an MRI scan is expected to reveal significant ligament damage.
Even if she does get good news from the doctor’s she won’t be able to get an immediate rematch with the new champion as Rousey is now expected to face another former title holder Sarah Kaufman later in the year.
It also remains to be seen whether Strikeforce would be interested in the idea of a second scrap between them, but from the sounds of things Rousey is up for it.
“If she wants Rousey/Tate II, I’ll be happy to oblige her,” Rousey told CrooklynMMA after hearing Tate’s comments.
Oh, and for the record Rousey completely disagrees with Tate’s assessment of their first encounter.
“It just kind of makes her sound dumb. Everyone knows that I wanted to armbar her, and there was nothing she could do to stop me, even with months of preparation. I think that proves a lot.”