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As the champion of the female bantamweight division in the UFC, Miesha Tate knows plenty of worthy contenders are out there looking to take her down.

Tate, who submitted Holly Holm to win the title, appeared on a recent edition of “UFC Tonight” to discuss just who she might face first.

“What I’ve decided as a champ, I can have the mentality to fight anyone at any time,” she said. “There are so many top contenders now – Ronda (Rousey), Holly, Amanda (Nunes), Julianna Pena, they’re all solid competition. It’s not my job as a champ to pick a fight, it’s to fight whoever they put in front of me.

“I’d like to stay active as a champion and not wait until November. I’d like to defend the belt and continue to prove why I’m the best in the world.”

While many believe Rousey might just be the first, the fact that Tate doesn’t want to wait could change things. Rousey, a former champion herself, has bested “Cupcake” twice before and the two have been at the forefront of many headlines for female MMA.

“I didn’t get into this sport to find someone to hate,” she said of her rivalry with Rousey. “Being the best in the world is my motivation. But having the rivalry has elevated both our careers to new levels.”

ufc on fox 19

Lightweight contenders Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will anchor a name-packed UFC on FOX 19 event next month.

Set for the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, the FOX-based card also features Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Glover Teixeira, former champion Lyoto Machida in a rematch with Dan Henderson and strawweight contenders Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres.

Those four bouts comprise the main card, which begins at 8 p.m. ET after four prelims on FOX that start at 6 p.m. ET.

Other planned fights include Michael Chiesa vs. Beneil Dariush, Hacran Dias vs. Cub Swanson, John Dodson vs. Manny Gamburyan and Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington.

Below is the complete lineup:

MAIN CARD (FOX/8 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson

Light Heavyweight: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Glover Teixeira

Middleweight: Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson

Strawweight: Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX/6 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. Michael Chiesa

Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias

Bantamweight: John Dodson vs. Manny Gamburyan

Female Bantamweight: Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/4 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Welterweight: Randy Brown vs. Michael Graves

Welterweight: Cezar Ferreira vs. Caio Magalhaes

Lightweight: Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev

Welterweight: Omari Akhmedov vs. Elizeu Zaleski

ufc rankings

Fresh off a victory over Hector Lombard, Neil Magny climbed two spots in the latest UFC rankings report.

Magny is now ranked seventh in the 170-pound division, jumping ahead of Matt Brown and Dong Hyun Kim. Lombard fell to 14th with the loss, as Albert Tumenov moved to 13th.

In the bantamweight Top-15, Renan Barao dropped two spots on the heels of his decision to move to featherweight, allowing Urijah Faber, Raphael Assuncao and Aljamain Sterling to pass him. Sterling and Barao are tied for fourth.

Both Robert Whittaker and Gegard Mousasi moved ahead of Tim Kennedy at middleweight, while Mark Hunt switched spots with Josh Barnett. Ruslan Magomedov, Alexey Oliynyk and Jared Rosholt all climbed at heavyweight.

Dominick Cruz pushed his way up to fifth in the overall pound-for-pound TOp-15.

ufc 197

The next pay-per-view offering by the UFC is shaping up to be a classic, as UFC 197 features the rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.

This time, though, it is Cormier wearing the light heavyweight title to the Octagon as the reigning champion.

Along with that bout, Henry Cejudo challenges Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight title.

Check out a couple of promo videos below for the card, which goes down April 23 from Las Vegas:

ufc fight night 85

Mark Hunt and Neil Magny scored impressive victories Saturday night in the headline bouts of UFC Fight Night 85 from Brisbane, Australia.

In the main event, Hunt knocked out former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir in just over three minutes, while Magny took out ex-Bellator titleholder Hector Lombard in the third with strikes.

The finishes were two of seven bouts that ended earlier, as Jake Matthews, Dan Kelly, Steve Bosse, Alan Jouban and Dan Hooker all picked up stoppage wins, as well. In fact, the finishes came in seven of the last eight fights scheduled.

Bec Rawlings opened the main card with a decision vs. Seo Hee Ham, with Leslie Smith, Viscardi Andrade, Ross Pearson and Alan Patrick all doing the same vs. their respective opponents.

Matthews and Johnny Case, who fought to the third round before being submitted, were named “Fight of the Night,” with Hunt and Magny picking up “Performance of the Night” honors. The attendance inside the Brisbane Entertainment Centre was announced at 9,552 for a live gate of $1 million U.S.

Complete results can be found below:

Mark Hunt def. Frank Mir via KO (strike) at 3:01 of Round 1

Neil Magny def. Hector Lombard via TKO (sstrikes) at :46 of Round 3

Jake Matthews def. Johnny Case via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:45 of Round 3

Dan Kelly def. Antonio Carlos Junior via TKO (strikes) at 1:36 of Round 3

Steve Bosse def. James Te-Huna via KO (strike) at :52 of Round 1

Bec Rawlings def. Seo Hee Ham via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Alan Jouban def. Brendan O’Reilly via TKO (strikes) at 2:15 of Round 1

Dan Hooker def. Mark Eddiva via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:24 of Round 1

Leslie Smith def. Rin Nakai via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Viscardi Andrade def. Richard Walsh via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Ross Pearson def. Chad Laprise via split decision (28-30, 30-27, 29-28)

Alan Patrick def. Damien Brown via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

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