Miesha Tate is well-known around not only the female MMA world, but the sport as a whole.
Tate, a one-time title contender, returns to the Octagon this weekend at UFC 183 vs. Sara McMann. Having competed twice previously against reigning champion Ronda Rousey, “Cupcake” found a new sense of motivation by the call-out from the U.S. Olympic silver medalist.
“I’m going to show you what that entails,” said Tate, during a recent interview on MMAjunkie Radio, when asked about the challenge. “It motivates me to think I’m going to stop her in her tracks and I’m going to continue to move forward.”
Tate (15-5) has earned two straight wins since losing her first two bouts with the UFC, including a victory over fellow title-contender Liz Carmouche. This past September, she downed Rin Nakai in Japan.
McMann (8-1), who also owns two Octagon wins and is also a former UFC title contender, used social media to push for a meeting with Tate.
“As a competitor, I have to admit that there’s a part of me that knows she wants to take what I have and I want to take that opportunity from myself,” she said. “I don’t want her to have the other half of my paycheck. Screw that.”
In terms of a game plan for the standout wrestler, Tate has that all mapped out.
“She’s got her bread and butter, and she sticks to that,” she said. “My goal is going to be to push her out of those comfort zones. I can’t let her settle in and make herself at home.”