Miesha Tate has admitted that she sees reigning women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm as a bigger threat than Ronda Rousey.
Holm shocked the UFC community when she knocked out Rousey in the second round of their bout at UFC 193 in November to become the new bantamweight champion.
Tate has lost to Rousey twice in the past and admitted that she would have known how to prepare if she were facing Rousey for a third time. However, with Holm having become champion, Tate conceded that she is in a more difficult spot heading into UFC 197 in March.
“I think that Holly’s coaches are far better than Ronda’s and I think that makes her a more dangerous opponent,” Tate told reporters. “And she will rise to any occasion as we can see. She surprised me and she surprised the world. And I wouldn’t put it past her to try to do it again at UFC 197. My job is to make sure that doesn’t happen.
“If anything, I’m probably a little bit more anxious for this fight than I would be for another one with Ronda, because I feel like this is a whole new puzzle. I feel like maybe I was just starting to figure out that Ronda puzzle, but this is like an entirely new challenge with a great support system.”
Tate also confirmed that she considered retiring after she was replaced by Holm for a title fight with Rousey. However, with her title shot now confirmed for March 5, Tate is determined to ensure that Holm’s reign as bantamweight champion is a short one.
“I didn’t know where I was at with everything, honestly,” Tate said. “It was kind of a whirlwind of emotions. I don’t take a title opportunity lightly. I put my whole life into this sport right here. I put everything that I have to give and when I think that I’m gonna get a title shot, I’m like a hungry beast. And it’s like you just took that steak away from me. I’m pretty pissed.
“Now here we are and everything worked out the way it was meant to work out. Fate does have a way of finding itself. I think this is where I was supposed to be.”