In the world of women’s MMA, there is Ronda Rousey and then there’s everybody else. But don’t mistake Rousey’s dominance as being a result of a thin talent pool because there are some extremely good women’s bantamweights in the UFC today; Rousey is just a whole other animal.

At UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2, two of the best women’s bantamweights will battle it out to move one step closer to a title shot at Miesha Tate and Jessica Eye square off at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

This bout is a huge opportunity for Eye to jump to the front of the line for a title shot. After having her UFC debut win overturned due to a failed test for marijuana and then dropping a close split decision in her second outing, Eye’s UFC career got off to an underwhelming start. But at UFC 180, Eye showed everyone why she deserves to be in title contention as she TKO’d Leslie Smith in the second round.

A win over Tate would easily be the most impressive win of Eye’s MMA career and it would be more than enough to put her line for the next title shot against Rousey. But getting a win over Tate is easier said than done.

After losing her first two UFC bouts to Cat Zingano and Rousey, Tate has rattled off three straight wins inside the Octagon. While Eye is just a marquee win away from a title shot, Tate will have more work to do even if she wins in impressive fashion; having lost to Rousey twice already – once in Strikeforce and once in the UFC – Tate needs to beat all other potential contenders to earn a third opportunity at Rousey’s title.

This is a great matchup between two very talented individuals, but at the end of the day, someone will move one step closer to a title shot and someone will be sent back down the ladder. Eye has a great skill set and a bright future, but Tate just has more tricks up her sleeve.

Force the Clinch

Eye is a tremendous striker with crisp, accurate boxing and Tate needs to even the playing field. The best way to do that is to force Eye to clinch. From the clinch, Tate can utilize her superior grappling acumen to control the positioning and land knees and short strikes. Tate can’t win this fight from the outside, she has to get inside and bully Eye.

Take Eye Down

While Eye is a well-rounded fighter and no slouch on the ground, Tate is an elite MMA grappler. Tate proved that in her second fight against Rousey by surviving several armbar attempts and she drove that fact home in her last outing by out-grappling Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann. Tate has a huge advantage as far as grappling goes and if she can get this fight to the ground, it could become a one-sided affair rather quickly.

Pressure, Pressure, Pressure

One of the best weapons a fighter can employ against a talented striker like Eye is to pressure them early and often. Tate needs to stay in Eye’s face and not allow her to get comfortable or into a rhythm. Eye can’t be effective if she can’t settle in and get into groove.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.