Miesha Tate has made it clear that she will not underestimate Amanda Nunes during their UFC women’s bantamweight title match at UFC 200 on July 9.
This will be Tate’s first title defence after she was crowned champion following her fifth-round submission win over Holly Holm at UFC 196 in March.
While most people expected Holm to get an immediate rematch, the UFC threw a curve ball and named Nunes as Tate’s first opponent as champion.
Even though she will not be facing Holm again, Tate is not letting her guard down as Nunes is currently on a three-fight winning streak.
“Let me just stop you right there, because there is no way I’m looking past this fight with Amanda,” she said. “I just can’t afford to do it. I’ve been seeing that a lot of people are just losing titles quickly and focusing on things they don’t need to be. And I refuse to make that mistake. I didn’t get here by overlooking opponents.”
Meanwhile, Tate also insisted that she is unconcerned about who her next opponent will be should she triumph over Nunes at UFC 200. There is talk of a fight between her and Ronda Rousey or perhaps Holm’s name could be brought back into the fray as well, but as of now, Tate is solely focused on defeating Nunes and retaining her title.
“I’ll be taking that as it comes,” she said. “I’ll be able to give that a little more thought after this fight on July 9, but none of that is even worth talking about if I don’t win this fight, so I know how important this is, and that has all my focus.
“And whatever may come after that, it’s just very important that I win this fight so I can even begin to even thinking about discussing other fights. I just have to focus on that date, July 9, and after that then I’ll probably be able to answer your questions a little bit better.”