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Can Alvarez regain championship form

Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes - Nunes has performed well in her last three fights. She entered the bout as the hottest fighter in the division and the No. 4-ranked women's bantamweight by ESPN.

"I've been getting much more confident on my feet and I don't feel like I need to take this fight to the ground".

"I know that's a tendency in the past of hers", Tate said.

Holm's dominant performance at UFC 193 and her dominance over Miesha Tate leading up to that Round 5 misstep resulting in her loss make her viable for a second shot at the title provided that she can get through her next obstacle - Valentina Shevchenko (more on her in a bit).

"She's never faced anyone like me", Tate said of Nunes during a recent UFC media lunch.

"She's at the lowest point of her career". It seems that the longer a fight goes, the better for Tate.

The champion's Instagram post the night was little to be concerned with as "the cupcake" is well-known for her ability to play the game as close to the wire as possible.

"Just as it takes courage to step into the Octagon, it takes courage to stand for what you believe in - and we're proud to stand with members of the LGBTQ community in their fight for equality", UFC senior executive vice president and COO Lawrence Epstein said in a statement.

The immediate future likely continues to hinge on Rousey, who has been MIA since suffering an aura-shattering knockout by Holm in November 2015. At 29, she was finally a champion.

The 28-year-old Brazilian is known to be most risky early in fights, and on this night she lived up to that billing. "Honestly. So I have to assume that she's making changes, she's making those proper adjustments, she's adding things that she needs to her camp to get her conditioning and cardio where it needs to be".

The fight card also features WWE wrestling star and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar's return to the cage after a five-year layoff, in addition to former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who will fight Cormier in a three-round non-championship light heavyweight contest on less than 48-hours notice. Tate claims she was surprised when her next bout wasn't a rematch with Holm, but she accepted the matchup.

Nunes hasn't yet announced who she might try to defend the title against, but it's got us all wondering if there's a Rousey return in the near future.


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