The UFC has officially confirmed that UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate will be attempting her first title defense against #4 ranked Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. The news was first reported by MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani.
Many speculated over Tate’s next opponent, and though Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano are all ranked higher than the aforementioned Nunes, UFC officials have decided to go with the latter.
Amanda Nunes is 12-4 as a professional with a UFC record of 5-1. All but one of her twelve victories have come by stoppage, including nine knockouts. She is currently riding a three fight win streak including a Performance of the Night worthy rear-naked choke of former title challenger Sara McMann.
Miesha Tate, who won the belt by submitting Holly Holm in the closing minutes of their UFC 196 bout in March, has won her last five fights in a row. Coming off the only back-to-back losing streak of her career, Tate managed to secure victories over Liz Carmouche, Rin Nakai, Sara McMann and Jessica Eye, ultimately capping things off with the victory over Holm.
This fight will mark her first title defense, and it has been added to an already loaded UFC 200 card slated for July 9th, 2016. The rest of the announced bouts can be seen below. The official order is yet to be determined.
— Dana White (@danawhite) April 7, 2016
UFC 200 [Official Order TBD]
Welterweight: Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor
Women’s Bantamweight: Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes
Featherweight: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar
Heavyweight: Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Middleweight: Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson
Lightweight: Diego Sanchez vs. Jose Lauzon
Lightweight: Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin
Lightweight: Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller
Women’s Bantamweight: Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena