Miesha Tate is ready for Amanda Nunes at UFC 200.
Miesha was recently profiled on RollingStone.com.
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Miesha Tate (18-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC), the reigning UFC women’s bantamweight titleholder, puts her Championship on the line for the first time at UFC 200 PPV on July 9th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (10 p.m. ET). Her opponent will be Amanda Nunes (12-4, 5-1).
Miesha Tate on her fight with Amanda at UFC 200:
“This isn’t just one fight – this is part of my journey, this is part of my legacy and this is part of my destiny. This is definitely my time. I’ve worked too hard for too long to have it go any other way and I just refuse to let that happen. I’ve seen a lot of titles changing hands recently and a lot of single-win, no-defense champions. I absolutely do not want to make that mistake. She’s kind of a dark horse to many people. They don’t understand how tough she is, but I’m tougher, and better and I will go out there and beat her, but not make the mistake of underestimating her. It’s my job to knock her back a few pegs.”
“It’s crazy how life can throw curveballs your way, and I think that’s also what’s very amazing about this sport is that as soon as you think you know what you’re in for, it can change at the drop of a hat. There was a point where I was so frustrated with everything; I was contemplating retirement. Not because I didn’t feel physically like I had to or mentally or anything. I thought that I just wouldn’t be afforded the opportunity to fight for the title and that left me questioning: ‘What am I doing if I don’t have the opportunity to prove I’m the best in the world?’ I’m goal-driven and I’m a goal-digger. I want to be the best in the world and I thought I wouldn’t be given that opportunity no matter how much work I did, no mater how many Number One contenders I beat, I felt like the carpet was being pulled out from under my feet.”
Miesha on her Championship winning fight against Holly Holm:
“That was a lot of pressure on my shoulders because I knew if I didn’t win that fight I didn’t know if I would ever get a title shot again. It was the most pressure I’ve ever had on me. I have a lot of faith in myself that no matter how big the stakes are, I can rise to the occasion and get the job done. This is what I was put out to do and all the bumps in the road have just strengthened me.”
Miesha on Amanda Nunes:
“She mentally breaks in fights. That’s something I don’t feel like can be said about myself, so I know there will come a point when I break her in this fight. I’ve seen her break in the fights she’s won as well as fights she’s lost. I think she has a big hole in her game as far as mental weakness goes. I don’t think she wants it as bad as I do. I don’t think she wants it enough to be a world champion. There’s more pressure considering this is my first title defense and there’s history to be made: I’ll be only the second female champion to ever successfully defend the belt. I know logically if I don’t win this fight all the talk of those next potential fights really goes out the window. I don’t want to make that mistake.”
Why Miesha must defeat Amanda Nunes: