Miesha Tate insists that she will adopt an entirely different approach to Ronda Rousey when she takes on Holly Holm for the women’s bantamweight title at UFC 196.
Holm brutally defeated Rousey at UFC 193, which took place in November last year, to come into possession of the most sought after title in women’s UFC.
It appears that Tate has watched that fight over and over again and knows exactly where Rousey went wrong. The 29-year-old is adamant she will not make the same mistakes.
“I think Ronda went into that fight with Holly thinking, ‘If I don’t finish this girl in under two minutes, I’m already a failure,’ and she went in there with such desperation to get a quick finish, she had 25 minutes to get that fight to the ground and submit Holly,” Tate said.
“I think Ronda is capable of that, but I think she mentally beat herself up after not being able to do that in the first round. Hey it’s OK, you have 20 more minutes, like, relax for a second.
“She just went out there like a charging bull in a china shop and she allowed Holly to play the perfect game plan. Holly was the matador, Ronda was the bull. The bull fell victim.
“I don’t care if it takes me 24 minutes and 59 seconds to win that fight, I will be in it to win it. I will be patient when I need to be patient, I will be explosive when I need to be explosive. I will be calculated and precise and I will do exactly what I need to do to win this fight.”
Should Tate be successful in her attempt to wrestle the title away from Holm, she will become only the third woman to hold the bantamweight title.