Miesha Tata has said that knowing she may never get another opportunity to be a UFC champion will keep her sharp ahead of her clash with Holly Holm at UFC 196.
The 29-year-old and Holm will co-headline Saturday’s event at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, largely due to Ronda Rousey’s decision to delay her comeback from her defeat to Holm in December.
And, with Rousey’s return sure to swell competition further in an ever-growing division, Tate insists she is driven by the “do-or-die” nature of this weekend’s women’s bantamweight title bout.
“There’s no guarantees that I’ll ever get another title shot at this point, so it is do-or-die,” she told reporters after an open workout.
“It’s the only thing that matters to me. Nothing comes after that, and it’s just tunnelling in. I feel super energetic and super focused.”
“I’m one in two women in the whole world that’s fighting Saturday night for the biggest promotion in MMA, and how could you take that for granted? I understand this is a big opportunity for me.”
Holm’s coach Mike Winkeljohn has taunted Tate and said he’s predicting a second-round knockout for his fighter.
However, Tate has warned Holm and her camp of the dangers of underestimating her: “I really think that I’m Holly Holm’s kryptonite,” Miesha told FOX Sports.
“I am the worst matchup that Holly could ask for. I have more ring experience. I have a wrestling background, which is a threat there and it’s a completely different style of takedowns.
“She has never fought a girl even close to my style in MMA.”