Former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champ Miesha Tate is just about ready to fight for the first time since having her left arm damaged in a March tilt against Ronda Rousey.
Tate, a 25-year-old standout grappler, is mostly known for her elite takedowns, sharp strikes and superb submissions, so her long-awaited return to the cage will be much to the delight of her solid fan base.
"We don't have anything to announce officially, but I believe you'll see [Tate] back in the cage in a relatively quick manner," Coker told MMAjunkie.com radio. "She's pretty much healed up and ready to start training. But you'll see her back in the cage the early part of the fall."
Many wondered whether Tate would ever fight again after suffering such a grotesque injury, as fight fans were horrified at the sight of her severely torqued arm dangling at her side by the time Rousey was through with her. The fact that she'll be back in action just six months after that fight is actually quite miraculous.
In Tate's fight with Rousey, she refused to tap from an armbar attempt and reportedly suffered a torn distal bicep.
"I basically tore everything," she said in an interview with Mauro Ranallo. "I tore the inner and outer sides of my ligaments attached to the muscles and bone. They actually pulled the bone off with the ligament and then I tore all the muscles around that. So it was pretty bad, but you know to me it wasn't really that bad. I think that, I have the motto that as long as you get up one more time than you fall down then you are doing something right. So I'll be back stronger than ever."
Strikeforce hasn't announce the date that Tate is expected to fight or who her potential opponent will be.
From my perspective, the options are quite simple. Tate has three losses on her resume, and all three of those fighters are still active in the game and would make for intriguing matchups.
Tate vs The Loser of Ronda Rousey-Sarah Kaufman
In all likelihood, I would imagine that Tate would take on the loser of the Rousey vs Sarah Kaufman match that is slated for August.
Tate, who has already suffered losses to Kaufman and Rousey, needs to show she can still fight at an elite level before getting an instant crack at the title. A tilt between either Rousey or Kaufman would be exciting for fans, and would undoubtedly at least be competitive. Win or lose, Tate can hang in with the two aforementioned fighters and put on a good show.
Tate vs The Winner of Liz Carmouche-Kaitlin Young
Another interesting matchup for Tate would be a clash against the winner of the Liz Carmouche vs Kaitlin Young tilt scheduled for Invicta FC.
Carmouche is a three-fight Strikeforce veteran, and Young holds a victory over Tate from five years back. Both fights would be tough challenges, and Tate would likely welcome a matchup more difficult than just a "warmup bout" against a young prospect.
Who should Miesha Tate fight in the fall? Let me know in the comments.
Eric Holden is a lifelong UFC fan and supporter of the sport of mixed martial arts. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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