(Just pretend this didn’t happen and all of a sudden a rematch seems totally valid)
Competing on the prelims for the Rousey vs Kaufman Strikeforce card this weekend is Miesha Tate. Surprising, I know, considering the last time we saw her she was getting her arm gumby’d backwards by Rousey. But yes, not only has Tate recovered, but she’s gunning for another shot at Ronda:
[I]n our first fight, call me crazy, but if you follow the sport of mixed martial arts, the techniques that were happening when me and Ronda were fighting, it was very back-and-forth. It was very competitive and I think I’m the only person to have ever escaped an armbar attempt of hers. I obviously have the skills to hang with her on the ground and I have the advantage on the feet so it wasn’t a one-sided match by any means in my opinion.
I got caught in an armbar and I lost, but up until that point, it was really competitive and had I not got armbarred at the end of that round, it may have been a debate about who won the round and we’d have gone on to the next round. It wasn’t like she just went out there and creamed me. For the future, I think a rematch would be warranted.
Well, I like to think I follow the sport of mixed martial arts a little and I am slightly familiar with some of the techniques used, and it wasn’t a debate as to who was winning that round. Ronda almost finished the fight with a quick armbar, locking up the 10-9. And how do we treat that second horrorshow of an armbar in this fairytale universe where Tate’s arm wasn’t broken backwards? Does the submission attempt never happen or does Tate escape again or does the round end with Rousey unwilling to cripple her opponent? Whatever the case, no madame. You did not almost win that first round.
Things only get worse in this interview with MMA Fighting, where Miesha throws out the D-word I’m sure matchmakers love nowadays: she DESERVES the shot.
“I asked (Strikeforce matchmaker) Sean (Shelby) as well, ‘what do I have to do?’,” Tate divulged.
“He said, ‘you know what, a lot of it is fan based. We want to feed the fans what they want to see; we want to give the fans the entertainment that they want.’ So I think if I can stir up enough interest and maybe poke enough fun, and win a really good fight in a dominant fashion, then that sets me up perfectly for a rematch. I’m hoping that I can get it right after this one fight. I mean, we all saw how quick Ronda got her title shot.”
Nothing irks me more than hearing a fighter talk about deserving a title shot after one win. Especially when said fighter just got their shit wrecked. At this point, it’s pretty much a given: unless someone at Zuffa HQ gets much much better at scouting out female talent, Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey will fight again. But does Miesha deserve it if she beats Julie Kedzie? Nope. She’ll have to earn it with at least a few more wins, and a lot of catty attitude. You can do it, Miesha! I am with your dreams.