UFC 168 will feature a women’s bantamweight title fight between current champ Ronda Rousey and her rival Miesha Tate. Both of these fighters have shown their animosity towards each other on TUF Season 18, and they will final get the chance to settle the score once and for all.
Tate is one of the better wrestlers in the women’s bantamweight division. She’s also one of the most experienced, having fought and defeated fighters such as Marloes Coenen, Zoila Gurgel and Julie Kedzie. Even though Tate is coming off a loss to Cat Zingano, she has a great shot at beating Rousey if she executes a flawless game plan.
She will need to fight smart and not with emotion, and it seems like she is on the right path for this. However, when fists start flying, game plans can go out the window, so it’s going to be intriguing to see how well she composes herself when she’s in the fight with Rousey.
Rousey comes into this fight undefeated. She’s one of the most dominant fighters in her division, and no one has been able to deal with her on the ground. Each fight, she has been able to lock up an armbar, which is just a testament to the type of ground skills she has. Credit these skills to her Judo backyard, where she competed in the Olympics to get a bronze medal.
She just recently joined the pound-for-pound list, and it’s going to be fun to see how she fares against Tate in the rematch.
Prediction: Tate has said all the right things leading into this fight, and she seems to be in a great mental state. However, at this point in her career, she simply can’t compete with Rousey on the ground. Rousey dedicated her life to this specific craft, and it has served her well thus far. In the bout, Rousey will get the fight to the ground quickly, where she will yet again get an armbar finish in the first round.
Ronda Rousey wins via submission, armbar, in the first round