Miesha Tate continues her career comeback and she knows well that it’s not just important for her to rack up victories but to do so impressively.
Tate takes on Ketlen Vieira in the main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 198 event at the UFC Apex, and “Cupcake” knows to take another step toward her dream of regaining the UFC women’s bantamweight title.
“I really want to get a finish,” Tate told at Wednesday’s media day at the UFC Apex. “I know every fight, people will say they want to finish, and that’s true. You want to finish every fight. But I feel like it’s really imperative this fight, because that’s what will put me in title talks, right?”
“It’s not that I won’t be happy if I got a decision win. Of course, a win is a win. But I really want that finish – like, really want that because I want to be talked about being in as the No. 1 contender.”
Tate returned from a five-year layoff earlier this year, scoring a third-round submission win over a gritty Marion Reneau.
She believes that matchup is a perfect opportunity for her to prove wrong any remaining critics who think she may be a step behind in her return from retirement.