Albeit with a hint of humility, newly crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight titlist Meisha Tate is brimming with confidence ever since capturing that elusive promotional gold. In fact she’s so confident, she believes a rematch with former champ Holly Holm would end the same way, only this time much quicker.

“It feels damn good to walk around with the belt,” Tate told MMAjunkie.

“I have nothing but respect for her,” Tate said of the deposed champ. “She was a very tough opponent, but I’m even more confident going into a second fight because I didn’t push the pace on the ground when I got her on the ground, and now I feel very confident that I could have caught her sooner. So I think I would get a submission a lot earlier in a rematch, if that were to happen.”

“It’s one thing to believe you can, and it’s another thing once you’ve done it,” Tate said. “Once you’ve done it, you feel so much more confident. I believed I could, but I’ve proven it to the rest of the world. So it just puts you on this elevated level of confidence.

“I’m still going to be grounded in all of this, for sure, but I just really believe in myself, and it feels good to see the rest of the world believe what I’ve been saying the whole time, that I knew I was capable of this.”

When “Cupcake” and “The Preacher’s Daughter” met in the co-main event of UFC 196, the latter was undefeated in her pro mixed martial arts (MMA) career. Tate on the other hand, was riding a four-fight win-streak following her last defeat to erstwhile divisional champ Ronda Rousey (10-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) back at UFC 168.

The fight itself was a tactical battle of wits. Nonetheless, in the second stanza, the 29-year-old Tate (18-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) locked in a rear-naked choke (RNC), but was unable to secure the submission. With Holm (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) leading on points into the final frame, and with less than two minutes on the clock, the Xtreme Couture product sunk in another RNC, this time choking out the 34-year-old Holm in the process.

Following that victory, calls for an immediate rematch began making the rounds, with Holm the most vocal of the two.

“(Holm) said from the very beginning, ‘I want to be an active champion, and I don’t want to wait for Ronda,’” Tate said. “So she was doing what she wanted, and I was the girl next in line, so that’s what she had to do.

“Now, I have beaten Holly, I’ve finished Holly, and now I want to fight the next girl in line. Now, I’m giving Amanda that chance, if you want to look at it that way.”

Tate, a former 135-pound Strikeforce champ is scheduled to make her first defense of the title against the meliorating Brazilian, Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes (11-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at UFC 200, July 9.

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