Miesha Tate makes her UFC debut in less than two weeks as she steps into the Octagon to meet Cat Zingano. While it will be the first time Tate fights under the UFC name, she’s not star struck as she’s seen this moment play out in her head countless times.
“I’ve envisioned it for a really long time,” said Tate to Bloody Elbow. “I’ve been there a thousand times in my mind. I’m very big on visualization and it’s one of the most important parts of my training camp. Although a lot goes into a camp physically, a huge part of fighting is mental, and being really grounded and focused.”
The winner of this one has plenty of rewards to reap. Besides becoming the No. 1 contender to the women’s bantamweight championship, the winner earns the other spot as coach on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).
Tate comes in at 13-3 with losses to some new UFC faces in Ronda Rousey and Sarah Kaufman. She lost the Strikeforce title to Rousey, which was later promoted to the UFC ranks.
Zingano enters with a perfect 7-0 record. She’s held several titles for Ring of Fire and submitted Raquel Pennington at Invicta FC’s October show.
They are a go for TUF 17 Finale on April 13. It comes from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.