Just days after UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey spoke up about how emotionally taxing filming on the current season of TUF is, news comes that she will defend her title against archrival Miesha Tate on December 28th at the UFC’s traditional year-ending show in Las Vegas. The event, UFC 168, will solidify a rematch that will most likely be the biggest women’s bout in the UFC history.
Tate will look for revenge on Rousey, who took her title belt in March of 2012 under the Strikeforce banner. That promotion was absorbed by the UFC and with it, both combatants followed. Tate fought a rousing battle with Cat Zingano at the TUF 17 finale, but was ultimately TKO’ed in the final frame after appearing to take the first two rounds. Although the Zingano win positioned her for a coaching spot opposite Rousey and a shot at her title, it was not meant to be, as Zingano unfortunately suffered a torn ACL while training.
That opened the door up for Tate, who was previously scheduled to take on former title challenger Liz Carmouche at UFC on Fox 8 from Seattle. Filming on TUF 18 is reportedly getting heated, as the two rivals are apparently pulling no punches abut their feelings for one another. It is still unknown if the blockbuster women’s title bout will serve as the headliner for UFC 168, but if the trend of New Year’s shows continues, we could be seeing the rare and vaunted two title fights on this card. More on UFC 168 as it develops.