Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion Miesha Tate believes that Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) superstar Ronda Rousey will retire from the sport if she loses to Amanda Nunes at the UFC 207 event. Rousey recently confirmed that her clash with Nunes would be one of her last.
Tate, who shares a frosty relationship with the American, claimed that a loss for Rousey at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on 30 December will be the last fans will get to see of her in the octagon.
"I already knew that. Didn't everyone already know that? I don't know why everyone is so surprised by it, honestly. She was already talking about that before she fought Holly Holm. So it's no surprise to me. I already kind of knew this would probably be one of her last ones, if not potentially her last one, if she doesn't win it. I think it could be her last one," Tate said, as quoted by MMAMania.
The duo have been involved in one of the biggest rivalries in MMA history and have fought twice in the past with Rousey winning both the encounters. Although Tate has expressed that she would want to face the 29-year-old for a third time, she said that wanted to fight a stronger version of Rousey and not someone who would fight half-heartedly.
"I really would like another crack at her. I don't want a half-hearted version of Ronda anyway so I hope she comes back strong and I hope it's not too much of a race against the clock. Definitely would like to face her in the future," the American fighter added.
Tate will next be seen in action at UFC 205 on 12 November, with the American scheduled to face fellow countryman Raquel Pennington in what will be UFC's first appearance at the historical Madison Square Garden in New York.