According to a Jan. 9 post from FOX Sports, No. 9-ranked UFC bantamweight contender Miesha Tate (13-5) says she would love the opportunity to drop down to 125 pounds to see how she stacks up against the top flyweights in the world.
Tate, 27, doesn't plan to leave the UFC to compete in the Invicta FC ranks, so she's hoping the promotion considers adding a flyweight division in the near future.
"I don't want to put on unnecessary size where I'm more tired," Tate said. "I don't think that's conducive to a good performance. I'd love to have an opportunity to see what I could do at 125 but I'm not going to leave the UFC stage. I'm going to stay with the UFC no matter what.
"I just want to get back in there and get back on a win streak. I 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."
Currently, the UFC only has female 115 and 135-pound divisions. The top promotion to be in at 125 pounds is Invicta FC, and Tate already says she has no plans of moving out of the UFC.
With that said, it looks like Tate is stuck at bantamweight for the immediate future.
However, things can change in a hurry.
Just a couple months back, the UFC added a female 115-pound division. And that move happened just a few months after their addition of the female 135-pound division.
Who knows how long it'll be until the UFC opens a female 125-pound division, but it seems to be just a matter of time before the promotion at least considers it.
Some of the best female fighters in the world regularly compete at 125 pounds, with everyone from Leslie Smith to Barb Honchak doing their part to represent the flyweight ranks to the world.
Adding Tate to that mix would make the flyweight division just as stacked as the rest of the female divisions, so there's no reason why the UFC wouldn't think about adding the 125-pounders to the mix.
Tate also says she's willing to fight Ronda Rousey again, although that fight would likely happen at 135 pounds.
"I told Dana White that I'd fight her as many times as he'd let me," Tate said. "I 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."