In the world of combat sports, earning a trilogy bout against someone who has already bested you twice before is a near impossible task. But should she win on Saturday at UFC on Fox 16 in Chicago, UFC women’s bantamweight Miesha Tate should be granted such an opportunity.

Widely considered to be one of the best female fighters in the world today, Tate has been on a roll since dropping her second bout to champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 168. Tate has won three bouts in a row and is coming off of arguably the greatest performance of her career.

At UFC 183, Tate took on former Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann, and proved to the world once and for all that she is an elite level grappler. Tate beat McMann at her own game, out grappling the former Olympian en route to a hard fought majority decision.

Tate is tough, savvy and marketable – three important components for any to fighter – and should she defeat Jessica Eye in her next outing, she will have done more than enough to earn a shot title. But since she is already 0-2 against the champ, Tate needs more than just a win on Saturday night, she needs a career defining moment.

Eye is an extremely gifted fighter and one of the best pure strikers in the UFC women’s bantamweight division. To cement her place in the division, Tate needs to finish Eye; that would drive home the fact that she deserves another title shot.

Who else would have a better case that Tate at that point? Not only would she have won four in a row, but she also is the only fighter to go beyond the first round with the champion. Fans want to see Rousey tested and honestly, Tate is the only one who has shown the ability to do that.

Look at the current women’s bantamweight rankings; Tate is the only fighter in the top five on a winning streak. A win over Eye would also give her three top 10 wins in her last four outings. It wouldn’t be a hard sell to say that Tate had earned her opportunity. On top of that, she is one of the most marketable and recognizable fighters in the sport today.

Rousey vs. Tate 3 could easily end up being the biggest women’s fight in the UFC today. Between their history and rivalry, their ability and their overall marketability, this should be the matchup the UFC is hoping for coming out of UFC on Fox 16.

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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.

  • Juchi

    If Tate beats Eye, I say let her fight Cat, and if successful there, grant her a rematch with Rousey. She should avenge her loss before taking on the champ.