John Heinis: Miesha "Takedown" Tate has won six in a row. She won the Strikeforce batamweight title in July, yet still comes in as significant underdog against "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey.
As crazy as that is, it is actually easy to see the logic. In four professional fights, Rousey has not been inside the cage for four minutes, finishing each opponent with an armbar.
Rousey, a former Judo bronze medalist (as everyone reading is well aware), also won all three of her amateur fights fights in less than a minute with an armbar.
Her fight resume, along with Chael Sonnen-esque pre-fight trash talk, has not been enough to get a rise out of Tate, though.
The champion remains confident that her wrestling will be able to overcome Rousey's Judo and also feels she has a substantial advantage in the striking department.
It's too easy to predict Rousey winning by first round armbar here, so I'm going to out on a limb and say...
Ronda Rousey via second round submission (armbar)
Matthew Saccaro: Miesha Tate has never been in the cage with a competitor like Ronda Rousey.
The former Olympic Judoka has four pro fights, four wins, four armbars, each in under a minute.
This fight will be no different.
The fight will start, Rousey will clinch Tate, throw her, and armbar her, Tate’s wrestling notwithstanding.
Rousey is just on a different level as an athlete.
Ronda Rousey by first round submission (armbar)
Kyle Symes: Let's hope all the hype leading up to this fight makes for a good fight.
Rousey has been very impressive in the short amount of time we've been able to witness her in MMA. She's walked through all of her opponents and ended them via armbar.
I think all the talking will cause both women to get aggressive which could lead to some interesting takedowns from Tate or throws from Rousey.
I think Rousey can defeat Tate but I just don't think she's ready. Tate has fought a lot of great opponents and has been in the deep waters.
Miesha Tate via decision
Jordy McElroy: The ongoing rivalry between Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey has given new life to women’s MMA.
Minus Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, the future of women’s MMA seemed bleak. However, Rousey’s candid personality has propelled the ladies back to the forefront of mainstream MMA.
Currently riding a record of 4-0, Rousey will have to prove her bite is as bad as her bark. With 14 professional bouts under her belt, Tate comes in as the more experienced fighter.
From purely a technical perspective, this is a tough bout to break down or even give a prediction for. We really haven’t seen enough of Rousey to gauge how she’ll hold up against elite level opposition.
Tate, a silver medalist in the FILA Grappling Championships, is nicknamed “Takedown” for a reason.
She is arguably the best wrestler in the bantamweight division, but it’s tough to give her an edge in the grappling department against Rousey, an Olympic bronze medalist in Judo.
Rousey is great at closing the distance and working her magic from the clinch, which is where Tate secures the majority of her takedowns.
The striking department could be Tate’s best chance against Rousey. With limited experience, Rousey has not looked comfortable on the outside in striking exchanges. She tends to blitz opponents right out of the gates and seek out the clinch.
Tate needs to stay on the outside with her strikes and setup takedowns in the open. She’ll have to be careful in Rousey’s guard. The Judoka has netted a first round armbar submission in each of her four bouts.
After all of the trash talk, Rousey could be eating humble pie until Thanksgiving if she loses this fight. Fortunately, the rowdy one will find a way to get it done.
Whether you love her or hate her, fans will be forced to welcome the new face of women’s MMA when Rousey routs Tate and claims Strikeforce gold.
Ronda Rousey by unanimous decision