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Miesha Tate: Ronda Rousey is being 'awful pouty' about knockout loss to Holly Holm

SB NationSB Nation 21/06/2016 MMA Fighting Newswire
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Miesha Tate doesn't want to discuss Ronda Rousey. She'd prefer to focus on Amanda Nunes. But if the questions come, she's going to answer them her way.

Tate pulled no punches as usual Monday night in talking about her longtime rival Ronda Rousey on "Conan."

"I'm not saying she won't come back, I just don't know if she'll come back the same," Tate told Conan O'Brien. "Because she seems awful pouty about the loss and we've all had losses. You either get up and get back on the horse and come back stronger for it or you sit out for over a year."

Rousey fell to Holly Holm by second-round knockout at UFC 193 back in November. She has not fought since and there is no date yet for her return. The latest comments from UFC president Dana White have her coming back either at the end of the this year or in early 2017.

"I'm at the best point of my career and she's at the worst," Tate said. "I think I bring a level of confidence. I've been defeated before, but I've come back stronger for it. I question whether she will be able to do the same."

Tate, meanwhile, has to face Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas before any rematch materializes. "Cupcake," who has lost to Rousey twice, beat Holm at UFC 196 in March to claim the title Rousey once held.

"Right now I'm trying to really stay focused on Amanda and I know everyone is excited for that Rousey fight," Tate said. "I hope that's something that happens. But I don't want to overlook Amanda, because if I don't beat Amanda there's no next."

On the show, they joked about Tate already starting the trash talk against Rousey. But the champ brushed it off.

"People want to call it trash," she said, "but it's me just being honest."

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