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Women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate had options after she choked out former titleholder Holly Holm at UFC 196 in March. She could have waited for a trilogy fight with inaugural women's 135-pound champion Ronda Rousey, or faced Holm in an immediate rematch.
Tate didn't want to wait around for Rousey; she wanted an opponent that she hasn't faced before. That's exactly what she got when UFC matchmakers lined up Amanda Nunes as her first title defense. Nunes thinks Tate made a big mistake accepting a fight with her.
“I have all the tools to beat you. I’m going to show everybody,” Nunes said to Tate during a recent press conference promoting the event in New York.
The fourth-ranked Nunes plans to exploit ‘holes' in Tate's skill set and dethrone the champion no matter where the fight goes.
“I think Miesha, as a fighter, she has a lot of holes in her game. Her stand-up, ground game. I have all the tools to beat Miesha. She’s beatable. I’m going to beat Miesha wherever, stand-up or the ground game,” said Nunes.
Nunes is on a three-fight winning streak, and the 27-year-old Brazilian is determined to move from contender to champion when she faces Tate at UFC 200 in the T-Mobile Arena on July 9 in Las Vegas.