Miesha Tate-Photo by Esther Lin/Forza LLC/Getty Images via ESPN.com
Miesha Tate won the bantamweight title from Marloes Coenen in one of the most exciting women’s MMA bouts of 2011, and she’s now set to make the first defense of the gold against Olympic Bronze Medalist and undefeated 4-0 Judoka “Rowdy" Ronda Rousey.
Rousey has won all four of her professional bouts in the first round and by way of armbar, but she has never had to try and score a quick first-round submission in under a minute against a wrestler with the ability to overpower and submit people like champion Tate.
In one of the sexiest and most hotly-anticipated bouts of the year, the tagline is true: “It’s not just the looks that can kill”.
Both women may be two of the hottest looking women in MMA, but for all their looks and their sex appeal, this bout is still a classic case of a judoka against a wrestler in a bout between two women who just cannot seem to like one another, even if it’s only just to get us to watch the fight.
Still, you can be as hot as you want, but when you’re 4-0 as a pro fighter and the longest it’s taken you to submit someone was when you earned one of your submission wins by armbar in 57 seconds, that still raises a lot of questions, and against an experienced fighter like Tate, that’s likely to be a problem.
Both girls can get it if the fight hits the ground, but if it’s going to the ground without a knockdown, Tate’s built up enough of a sound awareness for submissions to the point that she’ll pick her shots on the ground and find a way to walk out with her gold.
Strap yourselves in, boys. This one is going to be crazy.
Winner: Miesha Tate by late fourth-round submission (armbar)