We knew the rematch was going to happen this year and now we have a date.
UFC President Dana White announced on Monday that the rematch between UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey(7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate(13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 168.
This is the annual year-end show for the UFC and will be taking place on December 28 with a venue to be determined.
Rousey and Tate first squared off in a highly anticipated bout in March of 2012 while both of them were in Strikeforce. Tate gave Rousey her toughest test at the time, but the champion won in the first round by submission due to an armbar.
Rousey entered the UFC and became their first women’s bantamweight champion and made a successful title defense against Liz Carmouche winning by first round submission due to an armbar at UFC 157 in February.
Tate is coming off a loss as she was defeated by Cat Zingano by third round TKO at The Ultimate Fighter Finale in April. Zingano was then slated to coach this upcoming season of TUF with Rousey and fight later in the year, but a few days the season was supposed to start taping, Zingano tore her ACL.
The UFC then went to Tate for the spot on the show and subsequently the fight in December. All reports coming out from the show have said the two rivals haven’t really gotten along on the show.
White told MMAJunkie.com earlier this week regarding Tate and Rousey, “It’s not reality bulls–t,” White said. “It’s complete and total hatred. They hate each other.”
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