While Miesha Tate has been suspended indefinitely by the Ohio Athletic Commission pending confirmation that her arm wasn’t trashed, there’s at least a little good news already:
“I had X-rays last night,” wrote Tate, in a message to MMAFighting. “No bones are broken, which I already knew. Other than that, I have to get an MRI to find out anything further.”
There’s still a good chance there was ligament damage and who knows what else. It can’t be good to have the same arm snapped backwards twice in the span of five minutes, but I bet Miesha would rather rehab the elbow than try to sleep knowing she punked out of a fight with her nemisis in under a minute. She makes her camp at Team Alpha Male proud and may have just dethroned Urijah Faber as the toughest stud out of the group. You don’t see those horrific kinds of armbars often, mainly because 99.9% of the fighter population is smart enough to tap out. Behold the insanity womens’ hatred of each other can produce.
Ronda Rousey has stolen a lot of the oxygen leading up to and following this event, but now would be a good time to tip our hats to Miesha Tate for taking the fight to Ronda and being such a tough bitch through those armbars. Not only didn’t she tap to the first one, she shrugged it off like it was no big deal and kept coming forward. Even when the second was locked up, she refused to tap until her arm went past the 270 degree mark.
She also revealed some chinks in Ronda’s armor, namely her stand-up. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to keep her distance and ended up on the ground, which is to Ronda as blood-tinged water is to sharks. It will be interesting to see if Sarah Kaufman, who’s career is largely built around striking from the outside, will be able to do anything with that knowledge. Someone better exploit that hole soon – who knows how long it will remain open?
She looks excited to fight Ronda, doesn’t she?