When Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey met in the ring a few weeks ago in the main event of Strikeforce’s show in Columbus, Ohio the two bantamweight beauties delivered on every front, putting on an exciting fight featuring high-level technique and a brutal finish befitting of the pre-fight hype. As fans undoubtedly remember, Rousey won the divisional title after submitting Tate with a trademark Armbar, injuring the former champion’s arm in the process.

Tate recently opened up on the loss, particularly in regards to her initial refusal to tap out in hopes of avoiding a gruesome injury, adding her desire to get another crack at Rousey as soon as her arm heals.

“I think because I was prepared for that mentally,” said Tate on The MMA Hour of her conscious decision to grin and bear Rousey’s Armbar. “Not that I was ever planning on being there, but I knew that if I got into that position, it was a realistic possibility, and so I was prepared.

“I felt my arm go in, and I was like, ‘You know, I don’t want to tap. And I didn’t. So I felt my hand touch the back of her thigh and I knew everything was really bad,” Tate elaborated on the actual fight-finishing technique. “I didn’t feel there was a way out of it. I had no idea how much longer there was on the clock and it just felt like things were getting worse and worse. And I was like, ‘I just don’t know how much of this my arm can take.’ I think that’s when common sense started to settle in, rather than pure stubbornness.”

While Tate tapped in time to avoid a broken arm she is certain she suffered ligament damage and plans to get the necessary treatment in the immediate future. However, once she’s back she has one thing in mind – a rematch with Rousey.

“I don’t feel that Ronda proved anything other than what she’s already (proved) — that she has one thing that she’s great at. Really phenomenal at,” explained Tate. “But everything else, I could beat her. Give me another shot. I think it was competitive.”

Regardless of recovery it is essentially guaranteed Sarah Kaufman will be next in line to try and hand Rousey her first MMA loss.


MMATraining Take: Tate’s heart is admirable but her brain, eh…not so much. It’s one thing to grit out a choke and go to sleep but another entirely to try and prove how tough you are by enduring a potentially career-ending injury (as an Armbar or Leg Lock can induce). Now she’ll be out for the bulk of 2012 if not the rest of it and for what? Because she was mentally prepared to be hurt? Silliness.