Cape Town - It is common knowledge that Miesha Tate wants to get her hands on Ronda Rousey for the third time and the new Queen of the women's bantamweight division is confident that she would leave the Octagon a winner.
Tate recently sat down with Megan Olivi for "The Exchange" on UFC Fight Pass and part of the reason she gave as to why she will walk away a winner is that Rousey is on a career decline.
"It's really simple. I'll win. That's it. I don't know how. I don't know exactly what I'm going to do. But I know that I am the strongest I have ever been. And here I stand at the best moment of my career, the most confident that I've ever been, the best version of Miesha Tate and she's at the worst. She's at the lowest point of her career. I think she's second-guessing whether she even wants to be in it."
Tate (16-5) like many others does not believe the once formidable Rousey will return to the UFC and if she chooses to do that she will not be the same fighter that fans and media saw prior to her defeat.
"Do I think she'll come back the same?" Tate said. "Something tells me no. Something tells me that she won't and I think it's just my take on the interviews that I've seen her do. I feel like she's somewhere else other than fighting. I don't feel like this is her No.1 drive or source anymore."
Rousey (12-1) has not been in the cage since she lost her title to Holly Holm at UFC 193 last November. Battling both injury and what can only be described as post loss depression as well as other out of the octagon activities, we may only see her return later this year or early 2017.
A third fight would garner much attention should Rousey return and if Tate can defend her belt at UFC 200 against Amanda Nunes in July. The bad blood between the two mixed with Rousey's return would make for a huge main event on any card.