Miesha Tate and Jessica Eye Set for June Showdown

March 20, 2015
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No. 2-rankend women’s bantamweight Miesha Tate will face No. 6-ranked Jessica Eye in June with the winner potentially getting a title shot.

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey broke the news during the UFC 189 World Tour press conference in Rio de Janeiro on Friday and said it was a top contender match-up.

“I think I’ll be fighting the winner of that after I beat Bethe (Correia),” said Rousey. Rousey faces Correia at UFC 190 on August 1 in Rio. “I think that’s what the plan is. I’m going to beat Bethe and then I’ll beat the winner between Tate and Eye.”

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UFC president Dana White confirmed that Tate and Eye have been signed to fight but did not commit to the winner earning a title fight.

“We weren’t supposed to talk about it here today, but Ronda wanted to, so we let her,” said White. “Jessica Eye and Miesha Tate are going to fight some time in June.”

Tate (16-5) has lost to Rousey twice, but has put together a three-fight winning streak. Eye (11-2, 1 NC) is coming off a TKO win over Leslie Smith at UFC 180 in November.

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  • robc

    If Tate wins, she deserves a shot. She will likely be the only female in the 135 class with a 4 fight streak and she is the only fighter to have made it out of the first round against Rousey. Not saying she has a chance of winning but she is definitely tough as nails. Ironic that Rousey has given all of her opponents at least the appearance of respect except Tate, her toughest opponent thus far.

    • b

      Tate is tough as nails. Tougher than most dudes, myself included. The way Tate beat McMann impressed me greatly, (reversal of McMann’s takedown in the 3rd round). Tate deserves respect, she has earned it.

    • Sarge

      liz carmouche presented more of a challenge to rousey than tate did. miesha got dominated in the first two rounds and didnt really do anything significant before getting armbarred in the 3rd round.

      • TheCerealKiller

        I hope Ronda gets pregnant. Out for over a year!

        • Sarge

          Err ok.