According to a July 16 tweet from Miesha Tate, the perennial bantamweight contender has heard lots of chirping from fans regarding a potential fight against UFC newcomer Holly Holm. Tate, 27, said she would like to duke it out with Holm sometime in the future, but first she has business to settle with undefeated Japanese star Rin Nakai. Tate fights Nakai at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs Nelson in Japan in late-September, so she's not currently giving much thought about meeting Holm.
Tate, who is coming off a controversial victory over Liz Carmouche, is currently ranked No. 5 in the world, and a win over Nakai would propel her back into the conversation for a title shot. However, Holm's introduction into the women's bantamweight division adds some intrigue into the title picture. Holm has gone undefeated against low-level talent in the MMA realm, so she may or may not be a legitimate top 10 contender. That said, she's going to need to at least get a victory over someone ranked in the top 10, before she can think about a title shot against Ronda Rousey.
Here's the thing: Fans need to stop hounding Tate about a fight against Holm, because the division will take shape naturally. With Rousey sidelined with a broken hand until at least early-2015, the rest of this year will serve as a nice little proving grounds for the top ladies at 135 pounds. After Rousey finished Alexis Davis in just 16 seconds, the UFC went out and signed Holm to bring some more future contenders in for the star judoka. The UFC has also discussed bringing in Gina Carano as a future opponent.
Rousey will likely fight Carano next, but there are several ladies who will be waiting in the wings by the time that bout goes down. After Carano, Rousey will likely take on whoever happens to be riding a hot-streak at the time. Tate, Holm, Cat Zingano and Amanda Nunes are all arguably just one win away from a title shot. Lauren Murphy and Leslie Smith aren't far behind.
How will it all shape up? That's anyone's guess at present time. UFC fans will have to tune in for the next several months to see how the action unfolds. Holm, who doesn't yet have a fight scheduled in the UFC, did not yet respond yet to Tate's tweet. Obviously Holm is in no rush to take on Rousey, and she would love to get her feet wet by taking on a top 10 contender.