Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes Is Officially Scheduled for UFC 200
Miesha Tate is scheduled for her first title-defense after winning the belt from then-champion Holly Holm during UFC 195. The first fight of Tate’s championship reign will come against Amanda Nunes on July 9th at UFC 200, according to Ariel Helwani of mmafighting.com. However, is a Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes fight exactly what the fans want to see?
Amanda Nunes? Tate’s first title defense will not be against either Holm or longtime rival Ronda Rousey? Nunes did look impressive in her last fight against Valentina Shevchenko, winning by unanimous decision, but it’s surprising that Dana White would book the Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes fight.
It seems like sorting out the three-headed monster at the top of the bantamweight division would be a priority for the top of the UFC brass, instead they have number four ranked Nunes, who will be the first to step into the cage with the new champion. With the fight scheduled and announced, let’s take a look at how the Brazilian matches up with Tate.
Meeting the Challenger
Amanda Nunes has been on a tear lately, winning her last three fights since losing to Cat Zingano at UFC 178. She poses a threat with her knack for finishing fights. Of her 12 wins professionally, 9 of them have came by either TKO or knockout. Her most recent fight is her only win that ended by going the distance. She is known for her power and constant aggression, which could back-fire with Tate looking to shoot for take-downs.
Nunes may be able to keep up her aggressive attack without having to worry about going to the ground, boasting a 60% rate of avoided take-downs. Tate only needs one takedown to do serious damage, so if Nunes can show off her power early and avoid going to the ground, she has a chance to get the win and cloud up the 135 division even more so than it already is. This brings up the question, why do the Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes fight now?
The Novelty of UFC 200
Many UFC fans believed that UFC 200 was not shaping up to what it was being advertised as, the biggest pay-per-view event the UFC has ever seen. With only one title fight on the card, an interim title fight that should not exist, the UFC was looking to add more gold on the line to the event and is using this fight to generate more buzz. Nunes is a confident challenger, even calling out the newly crowned champ at the UFC 196 post-fight press conference, and the Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes fight should be able to add to the hype for the event.
Why does this division need to be in UFC 200 though, with other divisions being stagnant, such as the welterweight division, there would seem to be much better money generating fights available. Then again, there is the risk that Nunes dethrones Tate as the champ, ruining huge potential revenue and also creating rematches with Rousey and Holm.
Overall, Nunes presents a dangerous match-up for Tate, and brings another title fight on to a highly publicized card, but it seems like this an unnecessary fight to have right now.