Newly crowned UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate will make her first title defense against Brazilian fighter Amanda Nunes. The fight was officially announced on Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight”.
“I think she’s really tough. She’s on a four-fight winning streak, she’s got a lot of momentum, and she’s really dangerous. I asked to fight the next best person in line, and that’s what they told me”, said Tate on UFC Tonight.
Tate (18-5) won the bantamweight title at UFC 196 when she choked out Holly Holm in the fifth round. Many saw it as an upset as Holm was the woman to hand long time champion Ronda Rousey her first career loss. Tate entered the bout with Holm on a four fight winning streak and stuck to a perfectly executed game plan to defeat Holm. Tate is a former Strikeforce bantamweight champion but loss the belt to Rousey right before the company dissolved.
Nunes (12-4) was also victorious at UFC 196. She defeated Valentina Shevchenko via a unanimous decision. Nunes is 5-1 in the UFC with her only loss coming to former title challenger Cat Zingano. Nunes is one of the most powerful strikers in the division as 9 of her 12 career wins have come by way of KO/TKO. She is also a proven finisher as only one of her wins have come via a decision.
UFC 200 will take place on July 9 in Las Vegas and will be held at the T-Mobile Arena. The fight will serve as the co-main event as a rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will be the headliner.