Ronda Rousey is undeniably the face of women’s mixed martial arts, but Miesha Tate’s jaw-dropping, come-from-behind fight of the night performance against Julie Kedzie on Aug. 18, proved that the talent pool in the Strikeforce bantamweight ranks is deeper than ever.
Tate, 26, a former Strikeforce champ, put in such a dazzling effort that UFC President Dana White went out of his way to congratulate her following the victory.
After Tate defeated Kedzie via armbar submission in the third-round of their co-main event scrap at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA, White had a lengthy conversation with her, discussing everything from media relations to her “beef” with Rousey to her decision to wear a sexy black dress to the pre-fight weigh-ins.
White apparently loved all of it, and he seems to be warming up to women’s MMA more than ever before.
“He was just really, really excited about my performance,” Tate said of her discussion with White. “We talked about everything from Ronda [Rousey] and I, to media, and the weigh-ins. He said he liked that I came in a dress [to the weigh-ins] and we just had a nice little conversation. I gave him one of my shirts.”
Tate seemed confident that White left the event impressed with the high-level performances by the females on the card. “It was definitely good,” she added. “I think he was pretty happy with tonight, overall.”