Tate won the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title by submitting Marloes Coenen in 2011. She lost the belt in her first title defense, falling victim to Rousey’s arm bar in the first round.
After an injury forced Cat Zingano out of her The Ultimate Fighter 18 coaching position opposite Rousey, Tate was brought in as her replacement. Their dislike for each other played out on television in the fall of 2013. At the conclusion of the season, Tate and Rousey fought for a second time.
With Rousey’s UFC title on the line, the fight lasted longer than their previous meeting in Strikeforce, but the outcome was the same. Rousey submitted Tate by arm bar in the third round to retain her title.
Rousey’s title reign came to an abrupt halt at UFC 193 when Holly Holm knocked out “Rowdy” with a left high kick to the head in the second round.
Holm wanted to stay active and wasn’t willing to wait around for Rousey to be ready to return to action for a rematch. Instead, she opted to face Tate in her first title defense at UFC 196. As fate would have it, Tate choked out Holm in the final round to capture the title Rousey once held.
With the possible trilogy with Rousey waiting down the road, Tate wanted a quick turnaround and accepted a bout with Amanda Nunes, set for UFC 200 in July. While she has her next opponent ahead, Tate says she still has scores to settle with Rousey.
“I feel like I have unfinished business there. I feel like I have finally hit the full balance of my career. I’m in a really good place right now,” Tate told FOX Sports Live.
“I have an amazing team behind me. Mentally, physically, emotionally: I’ve got all the check marks right now. I feel so good and so confident,” she added. “Ideally I’d like to fight Ronda next (after Nunes).”