BY Kyle Symes
Although Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche are taking part in the co-main event of this weekend’s UFC on Fox event, both women are in a must-win situation to salvage their careers.
It’s not often that a co-main event features a “make it or break it” type of fight, but that’s exactly where these two ladies find themselves.
Despite being one of the most popular stars in all of women’s MMA, Tate has to face the facts in the lead-up to her contest with Carmouche. The fact is that Tate has lost two straight fights in the Octagon. She arrived in the Octagon after a 5-1 run in the Strikeforce cage, but she fell via TKO to Cat Zingano and then came up short in her UFC title bid against women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. To make matters worse, she’s lost two fights—the UFC title bid and a Strikeforce title defense—to the current UFC champ. There’s also the fact that Tate was finished in all of those losses. Now, the former Strikeforce women’s champ finds herself in a precarious situation. She’s extremely popular, but it will be hard for the UFC to justify sending her out there if she suffers a third straight loss. There are male fighters who get cut after just a single loss, and the UFC has even parted ways with top-10 fighters coming off two or three losses.