Miesha Tate: Is She Too Focused on a Rematch with Ronda Rousey?

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30:  Mixed martial artist Miesha Tate holds the Female Fighter of the Year award at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Miesha Tate has gone from headlining a Strikeforce card to a spot on Saturday's undercard. Since her loss to Ronda Rousey in her latest bout and the loss of her championship belt, Tate has been enamored with the thought of a rematch with the submission ace.

Take, for instance, her thoughts on coaching an all-women's Ultimate Fighter season across from Rousey:

I love it. I think that would be the fight to put on if they were going to do that. It doesn’t get any better than Ronda and I; two ladies who honestly have a rival between each other.”

I think it would be a huge selling point and a huge hit. Ronda knows how to talk trash, and hype things and whatnot, and I’d just be keeping it cool and have fun. I think we play well off of each other. 

Out of any women’s mixed martial arts fight that’s happened before, we set the bar higher. I think there wouldn’t be two better females to host an Ultimate Fighting reality show.

Although this isn't a big deal, it is just one of many examples of Miesha Tate having too much focus on Rousey.

Saturday night, Tate meets an underrated Julie Kedzie. A solid striker, Kedzie has a great chance of scoring an upset, especially if Tate is looking past her. Kedzie is a Greg Jackson-trained fighter, which means she is going to come into this fight prepared and with a good game plan. 

From watching the weigh-ins, it looks like Tate is a little too relaxed for this fight. It is as if she thinks this fight is not a big deal and she is banking on a meeting with Rousey.

This is not the right mindset.

Obviously, the loss of her championship belt is something that understandably is going to divert her attention. But the best way for her to get a shot at closure is to be 100 percent focused on her opponent, who has more than a good chance of beating her.

Come fight night, if Tate comes in unprepared, over-relaxed and with her mind elsewhere, she is going to struggle.

Hopefully, her focus on Rousey is making her more prepared than ever. That way, we can see another fun fight between Tate and Rousey.