In an interesting turn of events, the same person who helped get Miesha Tate out of her slumber is the one trying to defeat her this Saturday night.
Tate will challenge Holly Holm for the female bantamweight belt in the co-main event of UFC 196 from Las Vegas.
Last year, when Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey, Tate felt a sense of adrenaline rush back through her body.
“My attitude had a complete 180 when Holly knocked out Ronda,” said Tate, during a luncheon earlier this week (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the quotes). “I thought, ‘Well, there we go. I’m back in. I’m back in the game, ladies and gentlemen.'”
Two of Tate’s (17-5) last three losses have come at the hands of Rousey, with the other being a No. 1 contender match vs. Cat Zingano. Since the second loss to Rousey, the 29-year-old has scored four consecutive wins, including two over former title challengers Sara McMann and Liz Carmouche.
Still, it took an upset by Holm to get not only get Tate back in the title picture, but to want to compete again.
“I was considering retirement out of frustration, not out of feeling like I didn’t have what it takes anymore,” she said. “My fate was in someone else’s hands and I was frustrated thinking that.”