Miesha Tate: Strikeforce champion to make her UFC debut
Miesha “Cupcake” Tate will get a chance to compete in the octagon after all.
UFC officials announced that Tate, a former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion, will face Cat Zingano at the TUF 17 finale on April 13.
Tate is coming off of a huge submission win over Julie Kedzie back in August while Zingano is also coming off of a submission win back in October 2012 over Raquel Pennington at Invicta FC 3.
I, along with thousands of Tate fans around the world, are excited that the former Strikeforce champion is getting her shot in the octagon. It was speculated that the UFC would not make any more matches in the 135-pound women’s division until after the title match between champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Liz Carmouche. Once again the UFC officials have shocked and awed the MMA world.
Still it is no surprise that Tate would get the call to come to the UFC. Tate has been one of the top fighters in the women’s division since 2009.
Many of her teammates also fight on the UFC’s roster, including boyfriend Brian Caraway. Tate also garnered praise from UFC President Dana White after her come-back submission victory over Kedzie back at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman.
With the announcement that Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos wanting out of her UFC contract, the announcement of Tate vs. Zingano is also good news for fans who want to see more women’s bouts in the octagon.
Tate has the grappling skills to match Zingano, which will make for an exciting contest on the ground.
If Tate is impressive in her UFC debut against Zingano, this could lead to her getting a shot at the winner of Rousey vs. Carmouche.
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