“Some people have been saying that she’s said, ‘I’ll come back for one fight against Miesha Tate because I know that I can beat her, and then I’m retiring.’ She doesn’t want to fight Holly [Holm]. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I have heard that. If it is true, I find it disrespectful.”
-Miesha Tate responds to rumors that Ronda Rousey is willing to come back for one final fight if it’s against her in an interview with Megan Olivi on the UFC Fight Pass program The Exchange (transcribed by MMAJunkie.com).
Penick’s Analysis: If that’s the way Rousey truly feels – and we have no real idea yet as to what she’s thinking regarding her MMA future – then it’s an intentional sign of disrespect. If Rousey is willing to come back to fight Tate once more, it’s because she believes she can beat Tate at any point in time, especially after submitting her twice previously. Regardless of the confidence blow she suffered to Holly Holm, Rousey is likely to believe she’ll always have Tate’s number, so if she feels she can regain that belt and then ride off into the sunset, that may be what she tries to do.
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