Cape Town - For the women's UFC bantamweight champion her road to
octagon glory was a long a tedious one full of ups and downs bumps and bruises.
While most would not have the drive or the determination to push on through the
bad times both inside and outside the cage, Miesha Tate did just that and it paid off.
Her never say die mentality is what secured her both a StrikeForce title and
most recently, in her comeback win over former champion Holly Holm, a UFC title
is now around her waist.
On Monday the new champ sat down and had lunch with members
of the media to discuss her opponent at UFC 200 Amanda Nunes. Miesha believes
that the lack of heart will ultimately be Nunes downfall.
"She's never faced anyone like me. I also think her
mentality, her mental, that's a big weakness, honestly. I don't think that
Amanda really likes to get hit. I think she thinks she likes to get it, but I
don't think she does. I think she likes to be delivering. And if she's winning,
it's great. But when she's not, when she's put in that spot of adversity, she
tends to break. I don't even know if it's so much a question of cardio as it
like, how bad does she really want it? So i think there will come a point in
the fight where that becomes a question in her mind and it won't be a question
in my mind. Wherever we are -- whether we're on the feet or the ground -- I'm
just gonna take it to her."
Nunes (12-4) is a winner of three straight inside the
With finishes of Shayna Baszler and Sara Mcmann on top of a dominant
unanimous decision over Valentina Schevchenko, her title shot is well deserved.
Since joining the UFC back in 2013 Nunes has gone on a 4-1 run with three wins
by way of stoppage. Her loan defeat was at the hands of Cat Zingano who is one
of the worlds most formidable bantamweight fighters and came back from losing
round 1 to stop Nunes in the third.
While the Brazilian is a rising star the
only real knock against her name is that she has the tendency to fade during
fights. Many point out that "The Lioness" may not have the greatest
cardio in the division and Tate has taken notice but believes that Nunes has
made some adjustments to her training to ensure she doesn't fade.
"I know that's a tendency of hers. It seems that she
definitely hits a wall in fights, but i think it would be a really piss poor
plan to just count on someone getting tired. Honestly. So i have to assume that
she's making changes, she's making those proper adjustments, she's adding
things that she needs to her camp to get her conditioning and cardio where it
needs to be."
Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes will duke it out on Saturday
night on the stacked UFC 200 card which takes place from the brand new T-Mobile
arena in Las Vegas.
Sport24 will have live minute-by-minute updates on our
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