Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate doesn’t believe former title challenger Bethe Correia is on the same level as the top female bantamweights in the UFC.
On Saturday, Correia will headline a UFC Fight Night event in Singapore against former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm.
Holm lost her UFC title to take last year. After being submitted by Tate, Holm has gone on a three-fight losing streak. In a recent interview, Tate talked about Holm’s future.
“Now she’s fighting Bethe Correia, who I don’t think is on the caliber or level of any of Holly’s last four fights,” Tate told FOX Sports. “I don’t look at it that Holly’s lost three in a row. I look at it that Holly’s shown up and fought the best in her last four fights. She’s still here and that says something about her mindset. She has the mindset of a champion.
“That’s why she went to sleep when I put her in the choke. She could have tapped but she didn’t. She went to sleep. I think she’s coming into this fight not discouraged. She’s looking for the fight that’s going to turn it around and I think this is the fight for her.”
After losing to Tate, Holm lost a decision to top contender Valentina Shevchenko. In her last fight, Holm lost a decision to UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Germaine de Randamie.
Correia is coming off a draw against Marion Reneau. In her previous fight, she won a split decision against Jessica Eye.