According to a Jan. 1 report from MMA Weekly, hard-hitting knockout artist Miesha Tate (13-5) has opened up about the bizarre gameplan she implemented for her UFC 168 title fight against bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey (8-0).
Tate, 27, took heat from fight fans across the world, who questioned her decision to utilize a gameplan that consisted of tactics that played right into Rousey's strengths.
"Cupcake" even drew criticism from UFC legend Matt Hughes, for her strange choice to shoot for takedowns rather than circle away and keep at a distance.
"I think the Tate camp could have come up with a better game plan," Hughes tweeted after the fight.
Using wrestling poorly can backfire in a hurry against world-class judokas, as Tate found out very quickly at UFC 168.
Even high-level wrestlers can get launched by judokas when they try to shoot for double legs.
Unless the wrestler has rolled with a strong judo player and felt their hips, it's tough to realize some of the things they do is actually making it easier for the judoka to load the wrestler onto their hips, which makes the judo throw even better.
That's exactly what happened to Tate, who was tossed around by Rousey like a rag doll.
"I wasn't scared to grapple with her and I figured that if we were going to be tied up, I would bring the fight to her," Tate said in a backstage interview with UFC reporter Megan Olivi following the UFC 168 co-main. "My gameplan is never going to be to run away and be the prey, so I was going for it and I was trying to bring the fight to her as best I could."
Tate essentially said she wanted to be the aggressor in the UFC 168 co-main. The plan didn't work, so now it's back to square one.
No word yet on what's next for her.
As for Rousey, it was announced that she'll be fighting Sara McMann on Feb. 22 in the main event of UFC 170.