UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate has expressed her desire to take on Ronda Rousey after her title match against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in July.
Tate won the title after making Holly Holm submit in the fifth round of their bout at UFC 196 on March 5.
However, should she successfully defend her title against Nunes on July 9, the 29-year-old wants to face Rousey for the third time in order to avenge her two previous losses to the former champion.
Tate added that she believes Rousey only has two fights left in her career, hence why she is adamant to face the 29-year-old.
“I sure hope so,” Tate said on FOX Sports Live when asked if she thinks a trilogy of fights between her and Rousey will come to fruition. “It’s gotta be. I feel like I have unfinished business there and I feel like I’ve finally hit the full balance of my career and I’m in a really good place right now.
“I’m training at Xtreme Couture. I have an amazing team behind me. Mentally, physically, emotionally, I’ve got all the check marks. I feel so good and so confident. And now you know, it’s like before you win the belt you always tell yourself, ‘I know I can win the belt. I think I can win the belt.’
“But then when you win it it’s like, ‘I did it.’ It’s not just a thought anymore. I am capable of that. I’ve proven it to myself. I’ve proven it to the world. I’m going to do it again when I fight Amanda and then ideally I’d like to fight Ronda next.”
Tate was actually supposed to face Rousey after her win over Holm, but since Rousey will not be able to fight until November or December, UFC president Dana White decided to give Tate a new opponent rather than shelve her for a lengthy period of time.
However, a win over Nunes at UFC 200 could see Tate’s dream of facing Rousey for a third time come true.