Tate (19-8 MMA, 6-5 UFC), a former UFC ladies’s bantamweight champion, makes her flyweight debut when she takes on Lauren Murphy (15-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) in a primary card matchup at UBS Area. The occasion airs on ABC following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
In keeping with Tate, all the things from her weight minimize to her psychological sharpness is on level. She expects that may produce a particular efficiency.
“I actually need to make this combat the assertion of my profession,” Tate instructed MMA Junkie and different reporters at Wednesday’s UFC on ABC 3 media day. “So, I’ve large plans for this combat and I’m actually excited for Saturday. The end line is shut.”
Tate’s confidence is a product of laborious work and dedication, she mentioned. The concept of transferring down from 135 kilos wasn’t one she ever took critically – primarily as a result of throughout her authentic UFC run the burden class didn’t exist within the promotion. However then Tate retired for five years, had two kids and eventually made her method again to the game.
She’s gone 1-1 since making her comeback, and now Tate is able to rev up for a run to the highest of a brand new division after UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard prompted the concept.
“I’m dropping to flyweight, and I feel I used to be all the time meant to be right here. I simply by no means had the chance,” Tate mentioned. “The flyweight division wasn’t launched to the UFC till effectively after I retired. This final combat, which was a extremely slim resolution loss to Ketlen Vieira, actually form of prompted me. I feel it was necessary that I did lose that combat. It was a aggressive one, nevertheless it was a little bit of a sophomore stoop.”
Getting her arms on UFC gold on this weight class gained’t be simple. Tate is wanting up at some of the dominant fighters within the sport in Valentina Shevchenko, who, regardless of an in depth win over Taila Santos in her most up-to-date outing, has confirmed to be among the many most full fighters within the sport.
Shevchenko talked about Tate as a matchup she’s interested in following her win at UFC 275 in June, and that gave Tate all of the motivation she must push even more durable for this win.
“I used to be very excited to listen to her point out my identify, as a result of if the champion goes to say it, there’s positively some worth in it,” Tate mentioned. “She positively has some pull in whether or not she goes as much as 135 and fights or stays proper right here at 125. So I need to make that assertion and say that she has some work to be performed on this division.
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