Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate: Would a Rematch End Differently?
It has only been about a month since Ronda Rousey mangled the arm of Miesha Tate in the first round of their highly anticipated fight.
Rousey has since told MMAWeekly Radio that she will be heading up to Stockton, CA to train with the Diaz brothers.
Tate, aside from saying she deserves a rematch on The MMA Hour, hasn't said much about her future plans or possible opponents. She has been providing fans with updates on physical therapy (arm), and seems to be making more of an effort to stay in touch with fans via her Twitter feed.
Shortly before their fight, I predicted that Miesha Tate would win via TKO in the second round. Obviously, I was wrong. However, while I may be in the minority, I'm still surprised that Rousey managed to win once again via armbar in the first round.
Tate had the better overall game heading into their fight and managed to land a few hard punches to the head of Rousey before being taken down.
We learned that Rousey can take a punch, and we learned that she is more of a well-rounded fighter than we gave her credit for.
In fact, based on the popular vote, I guess you already knew this.
I'm just a little late to the party.
Don't bury me yet, though. I knew "Rowdy" would become the face of women's MMA, I just didn't know it was going to happen so soon. She deserves a lot of credit for putting in the time and rising up the MMA popularity list as fast as she has.
Who wins the rematch?
Inevitably, these two women are going to cross paths in the cage again. Ideally, between now and then, Rousey will successfully defend her belt (most likely by armbar in the first round) and Tate will win convincingly in her first fight back from the loss.
That being said, when they do fight again, can we expect the outcome to be any different?
Prior to Rousey announcing she would be training with Cesar Gracie's team, I may have leaned towards Tate making the necessary adjustments and pulling out a win.
However, the significance of the camp Rousey is surrounding herself with can't be overlooked. Even if it is just for a couple of weeks, she is going to be able to solidify an already amazing ground game.
Tate has been fighting professionally for nearly five years. Rousey has been a pro for 13 months. The fact that Rousey is already a better fighter than Tate speaks volumes about how fast she learns and how high the ceiling is for her potential.
When the fight does happen, who would pick against Ronda? Certainly not me.
I'm not making the same mistake twice.
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