Former Strikeforce women's champion Miesha Tate has told all who would listen that she is staying unemotional and detached as she prepares to rematch the woman who took the Strikeforce title away from her in 2012. Tate believes that her hate for Ronda Rousey back then distracted her and ultimately contributed to her losing via arm bar.
But if Tate looked calm and collected throughout her season coaching opposite Rousey on The Ultimate Fighter and still comes off as sweet and unassuming during most interviews, "Takedown" Tate still has violent fantasies of her and Rousey when it comes to what she wants to have happen Saturday night.
"I just keep picturing in slow motion, me landing that one knockout punch," Tate recently told MMA Fighting.
"And her just falling and the ref just stopping it before I can even get another punch in. Just like, 'She's done! She's done! Don't hurt her anymore.' Yeah, I just want to win by brutality."
As for Rousey's claim that Tate only believes she can win because she underestimates the champion, the challenger says that notion couldn't be further from the truth. Tate expects Rousey to be better than ever and wouldn't want it any other way.
"I'm expecting her to be hell on wheels. I'm expecting the best Ronda Rousey anybody's ever seen," she said.
"I know for sure she doesn't want to lose her title and I know for damned sure she doesn't want to lose it to me. So, I think that she's going to put on the best fight and I'm going to put on the best fight and I want that. I want to be able to say that I beat the best Ronda Rousey."
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