After pulling off the upset, come from behind victory at UFC 196, Miesha Tate was crowned the new women’s bantamweight champion. Tate was down on the judges’ scorecards and put everything on the line in the fifth and final round to lock in the rear naked choke submission. With the original plan of a Holm vs Rousey rematch being spoiled by Tate’s win, there are now many different questions and options for the next challenger for the title.

Let’s take a look.

Ronda Rousey

Dana White stated in an interview after the event that Tates next opponent will be her rival Ronday Rousey, who has not made her return since being defeated by Holm back in November. The only reason I can’t see this rematch happening is because it has been known that Rousey has movie commitments which would probably keep her sidelined for a certain amount of time.

With the potentially biggest event in the promotion, UFC 200, coming soon, you can only assume that if Rousey is not ready by then, another opponent will get a chance.

Holly Holm

Holm took this bout despite many people telling her to just wait until Rousey returns for the big money fight, but instead, she wanted to stay active. Holm looked very good in her fight against Tate until she got her back taken and did everything she could to try to escape the submission until being unconscious. Holm has already took to Instagram stating that she would love an immediate rematch and would take the fight on whatever date it was offered to her.

If Rousey isn’t booked for that next fight, I can see the UFC giving Holm the rematch, setting up for if she wins, the blockbuster rematch between herself and Rousey.

Cat Zingano

Besides Rousey, Zingano is the last women to beat Miesha Tate under the promotion, in a fight that she won via TKO in the third round. Zingano has been very vocal on Twitter since Tate’s win on wanting a rematch with a fighter she holds a win over. Zingano and Tate seem to have some unfinished business and although some might say Zingano isn’t deserving of the title shot due to her last fight being a loss to Rousey, a Tate vs. Zingano rematch would be a very entertaining scrap, as well as a fight that Tate can redeem one of the losses on her record with.

About The Author

Jake Schneider
Staff Writer

Jake Schneider is a student at the University of Rhode Island who is currently looking to pursue a double major in Communications and Journalism. He is an MMA fanatic who has been following the sport for years. He began to share his wealth of knowledge and opinions on the sport to many of his family members and friends as well as various MMA forums online. His love and passion for the sport has been able to make many people that are a part of his life fans of mixed martial arts as well. His insight of the sport both inside and outside of the cage is what makes his analysis on fights and individual fighters so well informed.