Misha Tate returned to top form after a five-year hiatus from the game on Saturday with a third-round TKO win over Marion Reneau in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 31.
‘Cupcakes’ hasn’t decided her next move, but is set for a rematch with Holly Holm, whom she defeated via fifth-round submission at UFC 196 to snatch the women’s bantamweight title.
Tate, who says everyone at bantamweight can ‘get it’ when he returns to the cage later this year, later responded to Holm after calling him out on Instagram ahead of UFC Vegas 31.
“They’re all fair game,” Tate said at the ESPN 26 post-fight press conference at the UFC (h/t mma fighting) “May they all get it respectfully. May they all come. I expected them to come out of the woodwork so it’s great. I think the fight with Holly for the second time will be great. In the division There are more women. Name them all. I don’t know where I’ll be in the rankings right now but I’m never going to say whether I deserve it or I deserve it. I understand that I have to keep climbing But whoever’s name is on that list to make it to the top is fine for me.
“I’m sure Holly and I, I have no doubt about it, will fight again before I retire her.”
Tate’s win against Reno marked the beginning of her path toward title contention and a new chapter in her career – but the former UFC and Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion is in no rush for a title shot.
“I’m just going to do what’s right for me,” she said. “This is the first time in my life that I can say that I am the CEO. There is no one else to make the decisions. Everyone around me is here to support what I want, my dreams and my goals. So if it feels right, we’ll do it but I’m in no rush. I want to make the most.
“When I fight for the title, whoever it is, it will be the right time and we’ll make sure we’re ready. We’re not going to rush anything, but we won’t miss any opportunity.”
Expect Tate, who will turn 35 next month, to break into the top-fifteen after the UFC updates its bantamweight rankings.