Ronda Rousey has been a dominate force in the women’s bantamweight division. Rousey burst onto the MMA scene, defeating all of her opponents within the first round by way of armbar. It seems like it’s an impossible move to stop, and even Miesha Tate was on the receiving end of one.
Coming into their pivotal championship bout, Tate held the experience advantage, but still, it was not enough to thwart Rousey’s armbar and grappling experience. Tate and Rousey are set to coach against each other on The Ultimate Fighter, and they will battle it out once again for the bantamweight championship at the end of the season.
Despite losing to Rousey in their first outing, Tate tells MMA Fight Corner that she will not suffer the same fate in their second bout.
“I will seriously shoot myself in the face before I leave that cage if she armbars me again. It can’t happen … That’s what I’m going to do from now until December 28, it’s going to be an anti-judo camp.”
If Tate wants to survive the initial rush from Rousey, she will need to do some serious work on her submission defense. It’s something to behold, seeing Rousey defeat all of her opponents by the same move; it’s almost like seeing Royce Gracie, back in the early days, defeat his opponents time and time again with a submission.
No fighter is invincible, especially when they rely on the same move over and over again. Tate has a serious shot at avenging the Rousey loss if she can take advantage of the stand-up and prevent Rousey from clinching. It should be a compelling bout in many regards, and the winner takes a huge step in the right direction in terms of their fighting career.