Miesha Tate will make the first defense of her bantamweight title against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in Las Vegas on July 9th.
Dana White had previously hinted that women would have an important role to play on the blockbuster UFC 200 show, and this announcement on the ‘UFC Tonight’ show confirms it.
Tate became the champ back by defeating Holly Holm in the fifth round by rear-naked choke at UFC 196 last month.
That was her fifth win in a row since a 2013 loss to former champion Ronda Rousey, and has deservedly earned her a more lucrative new contract with the promotion heading into this UFC 200 match-up.
As for Nunes, she’s currently ranked No.4 in the division after a three-fight unbeaten stretch that’s seen her defeat Shayna Baszler, Sara McMann and Valentina Shevchenko.
“I love (the matchup),” Tate said on “UFC Tonight,” which she was co-hosting. “I think she’s really tough. She’s on a four-fight winning streak [Note: it’s actually only three], she’s got a lot of momentum, and she’s really dangerous. I asked to fight the next best person in line, and that’s what they told me.”
UFC 200 will of course be headlined by an immediate rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, with Tate Vs Nunes now set as the second title fight for the main card along with an interim featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar.
It’s worth noting that neither Tate Vs Nunes or Aldo Vs Edgar has been announced as the co-main event so far, which suggests the UFC may still has another major fight announcement up their sleeve.