Although not yet official, there are strong suggestions being made that Miesha Tate will welcome undefeated bantamweight Rin Nakai to the UFC at UFC Fight Night 52 in September. The fight will be in Japan, Nakai’s native country. The rumors were first revealed on an episode of UFC Tonight and the fight is expected to be made official in the coming days. Tate has made it known that she is looking to work her way back to the title picture despite having lost to Ronda Rousey twice.
Tate is coming off a win over Liz Carmouche in April, finally earning her first UFC win. Having fought Ronda Rousey twice, it’s easy to forget that Tate only has one win in the UFC, the decision win over Carmouche. Though a fan favorite, and a tough matchup for any woman in the UFC, Tate has very suddenly found herself on the back burner as far as the title picture goes. There are a slew of female bantamweights that are riding win streaks and are chomping at the bit to fight Rousey. It won't be easy for Tate to get yet another match with Rousey. Typically, a fighter who has lost to the champion twice will be virtually last in line behind the rest of the division. The only way for Tate to get another shot is to prove herself as being #2 in the division, and that will take several fights.
Rin Nakai, although yet to fight in the UFC, is one of the most highly touted female prospects the UFC has come across in recent memory. Undefeated at 16-0, Nakai has obviously attracted the attention of some big names being that her first fight will be against the former Strikeforce champion and #1 contender. This fight is a big opportunity for both woman. A win for Tate means her first win streak in 3 years and a win over a fighter as widely popular as Tate can only mean good things for Nakai and her career.
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