After an impressive win over Jessica Eye, Miesha Tate has been named the number one contender to the women’s bantamweight championship. Dana White confirmed her status at the post fight press conference. Tate earned a unanimous decision victory over Eye in the night’s co-main event. The win was Tate’s fourth consecutive and second win in 2015.
The women’s bantamweight title will be on the line as Ronda Rousey goes up against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 which is slated to take place on August 1 live from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Tate will now have to pay particular attention to how that fight breaks down but may be hoping for Correia to come out the victor.
Tate has already lost twice to current champion Ronda Rousey, the most recent coming in 2013. Though Tate did lose the bout via submission the moral victory was in that she lasted until the third round against Rousey. No other opponent has lasted more than one round against the champion.
Since the loss to Rousey, Tate has gone on to defeat two former title challengers: Liz Cartouche and Sara McMann. The four consecutive wins for Tate have all come by way of decision but at the post fight press conference Tate stated that the recent changes she made will help her be successful in her title hunt, “One of the biggest ones is becoming a better athlete. I feel like I added to my strength and conditioning program in stage one. I felt so much stronger, so much more powerful. I felt like the power I was able to deliver behind my hands was absolutely necessary. Not only for Ronda, but for anybody I’m fighting. But especially Ronda. I’m looking forward to that. She doesn’t like to be hit and I need to be able to deliver that finishing power on the feet.”
Below is a video of Dana White confirming to Fox Sports 1 that Tate is next in line for a shot at the gold.