With ‘UFC on Fox’ win, Tate wants Carano

Posted: April 21, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion

miesha3Miesha Tate won her first fight in almost two years Saturday night when she earned a decision over Liz Carmouche. Despite being just 2-3 since winning the Strikeforce title, Tate remains one of the biggest names in the women’s division. And if she gets her wish, she’ll be fighting an even bigger name very soon—Gina Carano.

“I’d like it,” Tate said of a possible matchup with Carano. “I’ll take that fight all day long, for sure. I mean, I’ll fight anybody, but I’d love to fight Gina.”

I’m sure she would. That fight would keep her in the spotlight and near the top of the division. With two losses to Rousey already, she’s not all that close to another shot at the title. A fight with Carano would certainly be a major fight.

While Carano isn’t yet signed with the UFC, Dana White thinks it will happen. I’ve had my doubts about the signing—namely that I couldn’t fathom her wanting to leave her comfortable new career in Hollywood to climb back into the cage and potentially take a beating. But declining ratings might convince White and company to open his wallet to an obscene degree with Gina.

The other element of this is that Tate won’t be the only one calling out Carano. In fact, it’s been strongly hinted that she could grab an immediate shot at Rousey–although that’s the worst idea yet. She hasn’t fought in 5 years and the sport has evolved quite a bit since she was on top. I’m sure everyone will want to welcome her back. But Tate’s name value might make this one happen.

Miesha isn’t one of the bigger hitters of the division by any means (only 3 KO/TKO in 14 career victories), but I’d still expect her to get the better of the rusty Carano (and NO, the “Rusty Carano” isn’t a new term in Urban Dictionary—yet).


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