According to a July 30 post from Bleacher Report, the fight between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate is definitely an upcoming WMMA tilt worth watching.
Rousey and Tate have been involved in a heated rivalry that dates back almost two years, and both ladies know how to play it up to hype the fight.
“How is it not a rivalry? I have everything that she wants in life,” Rousey said of Tate at a recent UFC World Tour stop.
Tate had no problem firing back at Rousey with the perfect response.
“She has a lot of things I want, but that’s not what makes it a rivalry for me. It’s the level of disrespect that I’ve always felt, and that’s what makes it personal,” Tate stated. “I’ve faced a lot of people, I would say probably everybody but Ronda that I don’t have any beef with and have a tremendous amount of respect. She just has a way of irritating me, and vice versa, so that’s where I think the rivalry comes in.”
Rousey says Tate barely even looks her in the eyes when the two cross paths.
“We’ve been involved with each other enough that we kind of have a rhythm of how we deal with each other. She mostly just doesn’t look me in the eye or talk to me a lot of the time,” Rousey said about Tate. “Which I like to relate to Mike Tyson’s speech about seeing the chink in the armor when your opponent won’t look you in the eye, and that’s pretty much how it goes all the time.”
Rousey fights Tate on Dec. 28 in Las Vegas, Nev., in the co-main event of a card headlined by Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman.
Since Rousey vs Tate is a WMMA fight worth watching in the months ahead, it makes plenty of sense to take a look at the ten women’s mixed martial arts bouts to watch in August. Here’s a look at the ten female fights to watch this month.
10. Christine Stanley vs Justine Kish
San Diego Combat Academy fighter Christine Stanley is set to fight Justine Kish on Aug. 16 at RFA 9 in Los Angeles, Calif.
“I’m expecting a standup battle,” Stanley said. “All I know about Justine is that she is a Muay Thai world champion. I am extremely confident in my stand up abilities and I plan on putting my high-level striking on display.”
9. Gina Begley vs Katlyn Chookagian
Gina Begley returns to the cage on Aug. 3rd at NAAFS Caged Vengeance 14 in Carrollton, Ohio, against 24-year-old New Jersey submission ace Katlyn Chookagian.
“Jellybean” is coming off a second-round stoppage of Shannon Culpepper, while Chookagian looks to extend her win streak after tapping out Hernan Avila on March 9 in Atlantic City.
Both warriors are elite submission experts, with five victories between them by way of chokes or armbars.
Begley has had great success with submissions in the past, having stopped Trinity Jostmeyer and Sarah Cook by way of RNC prior to her recent victory over Culpepper.
However, Chookagian is a bit of a submission ace in her own right, as she utilized a crisp armbar technique to finish both Avila and Barbara Bowman.
Neither fighter will enjoy much of a hometown advantage, with Begley traveling five hours from her hometown in Kentucky to the Veteran’s Hall in Ohio. Chookagian’s trip should be a few hours longer, as she’ll be traveling from northern New Jersey.
Begley admits she doesn’t know much about her opponent, and that is by choice. There’s not a lot of fight video available on Chookagian, besides one or two grainy YouTube posts.
What fight fans do know about Chooagian is that she’s a Renzo Gracie Blue Belt who sports a 2-0 record and comes from a legit MMA school.
Begley is a tad more well-known around the WMMA community, having competed in events across the country, to go along with her superb media work as host of Pro WMMA Now.
Begley and Chookagian are about even when it comes to the tale of the tape, as both stand in close to the 5-foot-9 mark.
“Jellybean” typically enjoys a nice height and reach advantage in her fights due to her lanky frame, but that won’t be the case this time around.
Chookagian is similarly tall and skinny, which could help her neutralize Begley’s standup game.
In all likelihood, this is a fight that will end up on the ground and be finished via armbar.
Begley has been busy working on her overall Jiu-Jitsu game, while Chookagian is undoubtedly working hard doing the same. This is a fight that has fireworks written all over it, and very well may end up as “Fight of the Night” on a card that also features several other fast-rising WMMA stars.
No. 8. Alyssa Vasquez vs Sarah Cook
Hard-hitting brawler Alyssa Vasquez faces perhaps the toughest test of her young career, as she is set to battle Sarah Cook on Aug. 10 in Williamstown, Kentucky.
The Aug. 10 card in Kentucky also featured three other WMMA bouts, including a key tilt between Anna McCrown and Brianna Eberhardt.
No. 7. Jordan Gaza vs Michele Gutierrez
Jordan “The Ninja Princess” Gaza makes her long-awaited return to combat sports when she battles veteran striker Michele Gutierrez, in a bout slated for Aug. 23 in Fargo, North Dakota.
No. 6. Rachel Wray vs ?
Kansas-based striker Rachel Wray plans to fight on Aug. 24 in Arkansas, but she is still searching for an opponent willing to step up to the challenge.
The fight will be held at the Clear Channel Metroplex in Little Rock.
No. 5. Rhiannon Thompson vs Kenani Mangakahia
Rhiannon Thompson vs Kenani Mangakahia is scheduled for Aug. 8 at FWC 15 in Australia.
Thompson is perhaps best known for her shocking head kick knockout victory over Bec Hyatt, while Mangakahia is coming off a nice win over Tessa Green.
No. 4. Sheila Gaff vs Amanda Nunes
Sheila Gaff makes her second UFC appearance on Aug. 3, as she welcomes Amanda Nunes to the world-famous Octagon.
The fight, which will be held in Brazil, is expected to air on FX.
No. 3. Cris Cyborg vs Annalisa Bucci
Okay so it’s not exactly an MMA bout, but Cris Santos is going to be fighting Annalisa Bucci on Aug. 25 in Thailand.
Santos, one of the premier stars in WMMA, will be trying her hand at pro Muay Thai.
No. 2. Felice Herrig vs Amanda LaVoy
Felice Herrig fights Amanda LaVoy on Aug. 10, in a K-1 bout slated for Lake Island, Illinois.
This one is a rematch from three years back, as Herrig earned a stoppage via armbar when the ladies first met. Since the rematch will be held with K-1 rules, it’s not going to the ground so LaVoy should have a better opportunity to show off her standup skills.
No. 1. Sara McMann vs Sarah Kaufman
Sara McMann welcomes Sarah Kaufman to the Octagon on Aug. 28 at UFC on Fox Sports 1-2 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The fight is expected to air on Fox Sports 1.