As the MMA world has slowly embraced the increasing female presence in its ranks, two of the top fighters in kickboxing have made their way into the UFC octagon to fight for ultimate supremacy.
One of these fighters is Amanda Nunes, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion and the face of the company’s talent acquisition, while Miesha Tate is a former women’s bantamweight champion and former Strikeforce bantamweight titleholder.
Both women are former Olympic judoka, but Nunes is known for her aggressive, forward-moving striking while Tate is the more technical grappler with successful submissions on her record.
UFC president Dana White has been on a crusade to have more female fighters on his company’s roster, and he has been on a quest for the greatest female fighter in MMA history.
So, in his search for that fighter, White decided to ask arguably the most famous female fighter in the world.
That would be former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who was also considered by many as the greatest female fighter ever. Both women’s paths in the UFC have been slightly different, with Rousey going undefeated in her first five fights before being defeated by Holly Holm.
What makes the Nunes and Tate fight so historic?
Both fighters are former champions in the industry, and both have proven that they belong at the top of the division with great support from their fan base. It’s also arguably the most anticipated match-up of the year.
The Nunes-Tate fight is all about who will be crowned the new UFC women’s bantamweight champion.
This will be a huge step for women’s MMA, and it will be an excellent test for both ladies’ weight-class worthiness.
Women are ever-increasingly becoming more important in MMA
For decades, it looked like women would forever have their place in the MMA industry as anything but the supporting cast to the male fighters. That way of thinking is quickly changing, though, and women prove they can hang with the best of them inside the octagon.
Now women are becoming a big draw in the industry, and they are one of the main reasons why more and more spectators are tuning in to watch MMA.
The sport is becoming more and more attractive to female fans, and it’s primarily because of some of the dominant and skilled female fighters.
Some of these women include Nunes, Tate, Rousey, and Holm. These four fighters are known for their dominant performances and highlight-reel knockouts; Nunes has the most knockouts in her last five fights, and she’s also the most active fighter in that span.
Tate is a true warrior in the cage, and she has proved she can hang with the best. Of course, it takes a lot of heart and a lot of skill to go five rounds with the likes of Rousey and Nunes, but Tate has done just that.
Rousey vs. Nunes is one of the most critical fights in women’s MMA history. The winner of this fight has a legitimate shot at being the best female fighter ever.
Rousey was the first female fighter to cross over to a male-dominated sport and become a star, but her reign at the top of the food chain was brief.
With the return of Tate and Nunes, who helped build women’s MMA, it’s become one of the hottest commodities in the industry. Unfortunately, it also seems like the two fighters are trying to outdo one another when it comes to trash talk.
We may see a dominant champion in Nunes or a more technical fighter with a proven record of submissions in Tate. What we do know is that it’s going to be an exciting fight, and there’s nothing better than that.