A back and forth battle with knockdowns, submission attempts, submission escapes, mad scrambles and even a slick finish to the fight.
But as good as the fight was for everybody watching live in San Diego and all the fans watching at home on Showtime, there was on person not impressed by what happened in the cage Saturday night.
That one person was former Strikeforce women’s champion Miesha Tate.
Following the event, Tate was asked about a possible rematch with current champion Ronda Rousey, the woman who took the belt from her earlier this year. In a very candid and honest answer, Tate responded by saying based on her fight with Kedzie, she’s not deserving nor ready for a second bout with Rousey just yet.
“At this point, I don’t feel that my performance, I mean everyone is saying it was ‘Fight of the Night’ and everything and that’s great and I’m really happy it was an entertaining bout, but I personally am not happy with my performance. I definitely don’t think it was a contention worthy performance,” Tate said.
“I’m not going to ask for that at that point because I don’t feel that I deserve it. I think that I need to take a couple fights and I need a better performance than that. I think the fans deserve something better and I know that I can deliver better than that.”
In the end, Tate still walks away with the victory, but by her own admission needs a more impressive showing if she’s going to earn another crack at Rousey and the belt she held just six months ago.
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