Miesha Tate Will Defend Bantamweight Title Against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200
UFC has decided to go in a surprising direction for the women’s bantamweight title fight at UFC 200: Miesha Tate will defend her newly-won title against Amanda Nunes at the pay-per-view, which will originate from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 9.
The fight is a shocking decision by UFC, considering the big money matches they could have gone with for the show, such as Tate vs. Holm in a rematch from UFC 196, or Tate vs. Rousey III. Going with Nunes, who has a 12-4 record at the moment, is a pretty big risk for the company. If Nunes wins, then Tate vs. Holm and Tate vs. Rousey would likely take a major hit in terms of interest, especially since there isn’t anywhere near the buzz on Nunes that there is on fighters like Rousey, Holm or Tate.
With that said, a victory by Nunes would create a fourth major female star who could turn into a potential draw for UFC. After all, if Nunes wins, then a Tate rematch becomes a potential draw, as do matches against Holm and Rousey. Plus, this could be a really exciting fight, considering Nunes is a finisher who rarely lets a fight go to a decision. Of her twelve wins, nine were by KO/TKO and two were by submission. That’s pretty impressive, and we could have another big star on our hands if the title changes hands. Perhaps that’s why UFC went with the fight, to create another top-level female draw. Well, either that, or UFC figures they don’t need a big draw for the women’s bantamweight title, since the show already has two major draws in Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz II and Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title.
What do you think of Tate vs. Nunes? Should UFC have chosen someone else to get the first shot at Miesha? Sound off in the comments!