As I know I’ve said before, Miesha Tate may not be our most favorite UFC fighter, but there’s something to be said about the fact that she can go up against Ronda Rousey for several minutes and withstand a huge beating the whole time. UFC 168 hosted a fabulous fight between the two and it really showed us that despite all the smack-talking on and off the screen during TUF 18, Tate is a worthy opponent, even if she just can’t nab the championship from Rousey.
Bleacher Report suggests that Tate is a gateway opponent to other female fighters. As great as she is, could she really stand to fight against Rousey one more time and still not win? There are only so many fighters in the women’s bantamweight division, so what’s in Tate’s future in the UFC?
The article ends by suggesting that Tate’s role as a fighter is that she tests the mettle of other upcoming female fighters in her division. If they can go up against Tate, perhaps they are showing that they can make their way up the ranks, but Tate remains second best, her taste buds always at a certain distance from the flavor of victory. Rousey won’t be giving up that championship any time soon, and her training and demeanor clearly demonstrate that she is a true professional in the sport. She’s a well-rounded fighter who immerses herself into her fights so profoundly that you almost don’t recognize her from her photo shoots and entertainment work. She is two different women sometimes, and that’s a lesson her fellow fighters can perhaps glean from, if at least to realize the vast importance of giving yourself over 100% when it matters to you the most.