There was a long list of names that could have faced UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate in her first title defense. After she dethroned Holly Holm at UFC 196, the women’s 135-pound division was busted wide open, and the potential match-ups were plenty.
Instead, she was presented with someone that she hadn’t faced before, or had fought for the title, Amanda Nunes. Tate accepted the challenge and explained why Holm may not have been granted an immediate rematch.
“I think it really boils down to that Holly wasn’t like a long-reigning champion. She lost her belt in her first defense, and it wasn’t like I was getting crushed on the feet or something,” Tate told FOX Sports Live.
“It didn’t go to a decision. It didn’t’ end up as a tie. I finished the fight.”
Tate is open to a rematch with Holm, but thinks that “The Preacher’s Daughter” should go out and get another win first.
“I’d like for her to get another win under her belt and then definitely, I’d be more than happy to (rematch Holm),” she said.
Tate hasn’t already fought Nunes, and the 29-year-old welcomes a new challenge.
“I’m looking to fight someone new, someone that I haven’t beat yet. I think Amanda, being on that win streak, having that momentum, having that confidence, I think that says more beating her than it would against beating Holly again,” Tate said.
Nunes is riding a three-fight winning streak and is the highest ranked women’s 135-pound fighter not coming off a loss.