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Report: Miesha Tate to Defend Strikeforce Title Against Ronda Rousey on March 3rd


(Can you train yourself to be double-jointed? I’m just wondering, y’know, for Miesha’s sake.)

Though the match has yet to be confirmed by the fighters or the promotion, MMAWeekly and MMAJunkie are both reporting that Miesha Tate will defend her Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title against fast-rising prospect and Olympic judo bronze-medalist Ronda Rousey in Columbus, Ohio, on March 3rd.

Tate is riding a six-fight win streak, but hasn’t competed since July, when she won her belt by submitting Marloes Coenen via fourth-round arm-triangle choke. A relative newcomer to the sport, Rousey had all four of her professional fights last year, winning each one by armbar in under a minute. But all those fights took place at featherweight or above, and this will be the first time she’ll compete at 135.

Because Rousey’s first fight in her new weight class is a title fight (see also: Keith Jardine), Miesha Tate has made it clear that she doesn’t think Ronda deserves the opportunity, telling FightHubTV:

I would have no problem fighting her. My only qualm with her is she is 4-0, 2-0 for Strikeforce. She’s challenging in a weight division she hasn’t competed in yet, and I just don’t think at 4-0, she has earned her title shot. She hasn’t beaten any top contenders in the weight class.”

Tate previously dumped a barrel of haterade on Rousey during an MMA Hour appearance in November:

What happens when she gets a failed arm bar and someone ends up on top pounding her face in? Is she going to tap out or quit? We don’t know. We haven’t seen that yet. I think it’s kind of silly to put her in with me because that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to take it to her. A lot of people are underestimating me. That’s fine. That always seems to be the case. Make no mistake; if Ronda is my next fight, I’m going to come in with a vengeance you’ve never seen before, because to be quite honest, it’s probably going to piss me off…If you weren’t pretty, it wouldn’t matter what you said or didn’t say. That’s why you’re getting this attention. I don’t know, I guess I personally like more of a humble approach.”

So yeah, this should be a good one. Though as Ronda tweeted herself last night, “I haven’t signed anything nothing is official everybody calm down.”

Related:
- Hot Potato Gallery: Miesha Tate, Strikeforce Champion
- Hot Potato: 17 Photos of Ronda Rousey, WMMA’s Hottest Prospect

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hitekredneck- January 8, 2012 at 8:30 am
i wanna see the "stink-finger" submission....
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justscrappin- January 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm
I actually think they will rename the third match " double pen pyrex match" if they go that far. I'm just sayin rubber is kinda played out.
Mofo- January 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm
"Rubber?? I hardly KNOW her!"
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Rubber in the front, rear naked poker in the rear.
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When these two fight, I'm gonna have to wear a rubber so I don't mess my tighty whiteys.
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These two are gonna have the first "black rubber" match. That's ten inches of double dong rubber, ass to ass.
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Tate and Rousy will have the female version of a rubber match, which looks like this: http://www.fetishengine.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/pupett148029.jpg
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I win the fuckin DVD.
VinnyTheRed- January 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm
Her body is going to be smoking hot when she gets down to 135!
fatbellyfrank- January 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm
TheWarsawExpress Says:
Thu, 01/05/12 - 06:42
Keith Jardine proved it. Rhonda Rousey confirmed it. Good looks can get you a title shot in Strike Force!
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LOL, Keith Jardine, MMA's answer to george Clooney
NinjaVanish- January 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm
Tate seems to forget that she holds a belt in strikeforce
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Mofo- January 5, 2012 at 10:13 am
These two girls are gonna end up having a rubber match.
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A rubber match.
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Any takers? I'll send a DVD of a shitty movie to the best reply.
RearNakedSpoon- January 5, 2012 at 10:02 am
I hope they scissors. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
DangadaDang- January 5, 2012 at 9:30 am
I got one for ya, Rex.
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"Did she just break that girl's arm? How could someone do that to another human being? She should be suspended!" - Rousimar Palhares
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Shifty-Eyed Dog- January 5, 2012 at 8:58 am
p.s. Yes, I know Jake and Nick had ONE fight each before their title shots, which I'm happy about (immediate is just wrong), but they should have a few more.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- January 5, 2012 at 8:57 am
@Mofo & @Fried Taco - immediate? no. put in maybe 3-4 fights in THAT promotion first. Same if you switch weight classes ). Because let's face it - being a Strikeforce champion is like being the champions in an arena football team. Should they play against Super Bowl champions? Didn't think so.
Hell, by that rationale, shouldn't James Toney have fought for the title instead of Couture?
Mofo- January 5, 2012 at 8:45 am
@Rex - wwwwaaaaaaaaaait a seconnnnnnnnd.... those people didn't really say those things! You can't fool meeeeeeee mister.
Mofo- January 5, 2012 at 8:44 am
Jake and Nick got their title shots too early? If you're a champion in the only other promotion out there (sorry Bellator) you deserve a title shot when you come over.
Mofo- January 5, 2012 at 8:42 am
Tate is an idiot. Go look at the foto of your glorious ass and say that shit with a straight face ya dumb tart. She needs to realize:
- She's never gotten as much press as when Rousy started challenging her
- The more she fights with Rousy the more money she'll make
- If she's so sure she can beat this chick, why is she complaining so much?? She should be EXCITED to expose this chick if that's the case.
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Conclusion: she's sure she'll lose!
Fried Taco- January 5, 2012 at 8:41 am
So if Cyborg manages to drop to 135, she shouldn't get an immediate title shot?
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Speaking of Cyborg, there is one ReX missed:
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"No way that's a woman, time to do a penis check!" -Christine "Cyborg" Santos
Shifty-Eyed Dog- January 5, 2012 at 8:36 am
I know. While I liked Brock, I would agree that he got his title shot way too early, as did Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, and Florian after dropping to featherweight.
DangadaDang- January 5, 2012 at 8:28 am
I'm just messing with you, mang, but the man only went 1-1 in the UFC before getting one is all I'm saying.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- January 5, 2012 at 8:27 am
yep, and all his fights were in the same weight class as his title shot.
DangadaDang- January 5, 2012 at 8:25 am
@Shifty
You remember Brock Lesnar, right?
Shifty-Eyed Dog- January 5, 2012 at 8:23 am
Oh, and for the record, Rousey is also FAR from "hot". Like I said in another article, she's a 6 at best.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- January 5, 2012 at 8:21 am
THIS is why women's MMA won't be in the UFC. The talent pool is so shallow that someone with only FOUR fights (NONE of which are actually in the weight class) can get a title shot.

Womens MMA is a JOKE.

I like watching women in MMA, but the Baldfather is right - there just arent enough good fighters out there to warrant a division.
RwilsonR- January 5, 2012 at 8:14 am
Hey, wait... Dundas isn't here anymore?
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