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Miesha Tate open to trilogy fight against Ronda Rousey

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According to a Jan. 9 post from FOX Sports, hard-hitting UFC bantamweight contender Miesha Tate (13-5) is open to fighting "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey someday in the not-so-distant future, even though she lost twice to her already.

Tate, 27, doesn't care that Rousey finished her twice with the same signature armbar the star judoka used to beat all of her past opponents.

"Cupcake" just wants the chance to prove she could beat Rousey at least once before all is said and done on her career.

"I told Dana White that I'd fight her as many times as he'€™d let me," Tate said of Rousey. "€œI don'€™t care if I fought her 100 times and I lost the first 99 of them. I would fight her 100 times, as many times as they let me. If she beats me nine times out of 10, that might be the reality of it, but I would be game to fight her any day at any time they'€™d let me. And if I could ever work that and prove I deserve another title shot, or even if it'€™s not for a title, if I ever do earn the opportunity to fight her again, I would love to."€

Tate, a perennial contender in the female 135-pound ranks, says she wasn't feeling well when she fought Rousey at UFC 168, so she's hoping for another shot at the title someday.

"€œI felt like sh-t, to put it quite frankly," Tate said of her UFC 168 bout. "Watching it again, I looked better than I felt, but I really had to push myself because I felt horrible. I was trying to push out of first gear but it didn'€™t really happen. I did a lot of good things defensively but I wasn'€™t able to do some of the offensive things that we worked on."

Tate knows she has plenty of time left in her MMA career since she's still just 27 years old.

"€œI just want to get back in there and get back on a win streak," Tate said. "€œI hope people don't count me out. I know I lost two fights in a row for the first time in my career. That'€™s devastating enough as it is. The only way to fix it is to get back on the horse. I'm 27. I'€™m not done. I'€™m still going to improve, and I'm going to show I can hang with the best. I just want the opportunity to prove that again."


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