Miesha Tate’s focus remains solely on getting back into title contention in the UFC’s female bantamweight division. Tate took the right step in that direction last month when she bested Liz Carmouche, earning her initial Octagon victory.
Tate, who appeared on a recent edition of “UFC Tonight,” discussed who she wants to face next, and made sure to serve notice to everyone in the 135-pound division – including two not yet on the roster.
“I have a list – all of the girls at 135,” Tate said. “I’d love a fight against Gina Carano. She’s coming back and I don’t think she should go straight for the title. I also have my eyes on Holly Holm and Sarah Kaufman.”
Carano and Holm are not signed to UFC contracts, but Carano is expected to agree to a new deal in the near future. Holm and her management team met with the promotion, but the two sides could not come to an agreement.
As for her fight with Carmouche, Tate knew entering the third and final round she needed to go for broke to win the bout.
“There’s a term ‘lay and prey’ and there’s a term called ‘lay and stay’. She just ‘laid and stayed’. She’s a strong girl and tried to squeeze me to death,” Tate said. “It was hard to move and getting to the feet was a little challenging, so I just tried to elbow her in the head. My coaches were trying to get me to do something. They said you have to go for broke. I knew going into the third round that it was close and that’s why I decided to turn it up.”
Tate also gave Carmouche credit for her strength, saying, “Breaking that grip was like breaking Iron Man’s grip. She had it on lockdown.”
Both Tate and Carmouche are former challengers to Ronda Rousey’s title.