Unlike her last UFC appearance, there hasn’t been a whole lot of animosity and drama for Miesha Tate to deal with in advance of her fight this weekend at UFC on FOX 11 against Liz Carmouche. Tate was bested by women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in her last appearance at UFC 168 when she was finished via “Rowdy’s” signature armbar. Tate became the first fighter to take Rousey beyond the first round and gave a solid account of herself even though it ended with a second loss against her chief rival.
Tate hopes to begin climbing the ladder back into title contention with a victory. She’s still in search of her first Octagon triumph as Tate not only lost to Rousey, but was also stopped in the third round by Cat Zingano at The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 finale. A third consecutive loss for Tate would send her tumbling down the ranks in a relatively thin division.
The popular Tate hasn’t enjoyed success since a 2012 submission of Julie Kedzie back in Strikeforce. “Cupcake” is noted for her submission skills with six of her 13 career victories having come via that route and has shown some toughness in her ability to absorb punishment.
As for “Girl-rilla”, Carmouche is as tough as they come in the 135-pound women’s division. Carmouche is just 1-2 inside the Octagon with her lone victory coming against Jessica Andrade. She was the first fighter to face Rousey for the title at UFC 157 losing in the first round by submission. Her last fight was a decision loss to future title challenger Alexis Davis. Carmouche employs an aggressive fighting style and has produced six career knockouts in her nine victories.
This has the makings to be an entertaining scrap between two competitors looking to remain major players in the women’s 135-pound ranks. Both Tate and Carmouche have been involved in exciting affairs in the past and there’s no reason to think they won’t rise to the occasion in their main card battle in Orlando.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports