For former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion Miesha “Cupcake” Tate (13-4), things could not be going any better for her.
She recently finished up a coaching stint against rival and current UFC champion Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey (7-0) on the next season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which will debut in September, she is scheduled to face Rousey at UFC 168 and she will appear in the latest issue of ESPN’s Body Issue.
However, Tate is first and foremost a fighter and no matter how well she performed at her coaching duties on TUF or how “steamy” her pictures are in the magazine, she has the skills and athleticism that makes her one of the top fighters in the world.
I’ll admit that when I first laid eyes on Cupcake when she competed in the Strikeforce 2010 Women’s Bantamweight tournament, when she was known as ‘Takedown,” I was taken aback buy not only by her looks, but also by her wrestling skills and how she dominated both Maiju Kujala (6-3) and Hitomi Akano (18-10) to win the tournament championship.
Her win over Marloes Coenen (21-5) and later against Julie Kedzie (16-11) has also shown MMA fans and critics that can finish her opponents in impressive fashion. In her losses against Rousey and Cat Zingano (8-0), Cupcake has shown she can take damage from the toughest opponents.
Still, her toughest challenge will be at UFC 168.
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