LAS VEGAS — Miesha Tate went from confident to consoling herself at UFC 200, and she definitely looked worse for wear.
Tate ascended the T-Mobile Arena stage Saturday night with a hoodie slung over her head and a towel pressed to her face — stunning evidence of Amanda Nunes’ first-round flurry that stripped the women’s bantamweight champion of her belt.
While Nunes was all smiles, the woman who vowed to rip out her opponent’s heart instead poured out hers to the media.
“I just got caught — she caught me with a solid right hand, and this is what I’m talking about,” said Tate, who hadn’t yet seen a doctor but was sure her nose was broken. “This is what I’ve been telling everybody is that Amanda is very worthy to be here. She is very dangerous, particularly in that first round, and maybe if we get a chance to do it again, it could be different, but tonight is what it is.”
If Tate did compliment Nunes during fight week, it was lost in her savage burns of the former challenger-turned-champion. Tate said Wednesday that Nunes “has a tendency to break in fights, and I have a tendency to break people in fights.”
That, of course, didn’t happen.
Watch the video above to hear more from Tate in her post-UFC 200 press conference.