Rousey’s next opponent is Miesha Tate, the only fighter to take Rousey into the second round. MMA fight odds are still quite lopsided. Oddessa.com CEO and head oddsmaker Joey Oddessa has Rousey as a 11/1 favorite.
These fighters have already face each other twice before, once in Strikeforce and again in UFC, with Rousey winning both bouts. Tate did stretch the second fight into the second round after avoiding multiple armbar attempts from Rousey in the first round.
Do you think Tate could pull off what seems impossible right now, and defeat Rousey in their third fight?
There’s no doubt that both Rousey and Tate have gotten better since their last fight on December 28th, 2013 at UFC 168. Rousey’s striking has went from above average to outstanding in that time. Tate has also showed improvements in stamina to win her last four fights via decision. I don’t see their upcoming fight going the distance, so Tate will need to improve her striking and ground defense game in order to keep up with Rousey.
There is no official date set for Rousey/Tate 3 at this time, but it is rumored that they could co-headline with the long-awaited featherweight bout between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor. The event could be on December 5th, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Having two high-profile fights to co-headline the card would put butts in the seats to fill the huge stadium. If all rumors are true, that event would be stacked.
What could be next for Rousey after Tate?
If Rousey successfully defends her title against Tate, Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino could possibly be next, but weight issues will need to be hammered out. Justino fights at 145 pounds, a weight class not currently promoted for women in the UFC. UFC president Dana White has already nixed any possibility of a 140-pound catchweight fight between Rousey and Cyborg. If Justino wants a piece of Rousey, she will need to drop down to 135 pounds.
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