UFC women’s bantamweight champ Meisha Tate was on Conan last night to promote her upcoming fight with Amanda Nunes at UFC 200, but Conan, like the rest of us, didn’t care. He wanted to know about the fight that could be next—a title bout with arch-nemesis Ronda Rousey.
Tate was ready for the question, unleashing verbal haymakers like this: “I’ve been defeated before and I’ve come back stronger for it. I question if she’ll be able to do the same.”
And this: “She seems awfully pouty about the loss and it’s like, we’ve all had losses. You either get up back on the horse or you sit out for a year.”
Two of those losses Tate is referencing came at the hands of Rousey, who nearly ripped Tate's arm in half the fight time they fought. But unlike Rousey, who's still sitting on the sidelines, Tate came back after both losses within months, winning both times. Though of course Tate has yet to beat Rousey in the Octagon, though she did defeat Rousey conquerer Holly Holm.
But the Tacoma native insists things will be different next time she and Rousey face each other down in the cage, assuming it happens at all. Not only has it been three years since their last fight, but both women are on opposite trajectories.
"I'm at the best point in my career and she's at the worst," Tate said.
We can't wait to hear how Ronda responds.