Throughout the 20 year history of the UFC, upsets have become part of the allure of the sport because fighting at its core is a battle of physical and mental wills where one punch, one kick or one bad move can cost even the greatest champion a loss.
On Saturday night at UFC 168, despite a No. 2 ranking in the women’s bantamweight division, Miesha Tate will step into her fight against Ronda Rousey as an 8 to 1 underdog in most sportsbooks and that’s after opening as high as 10 to 1 in some betting circles.
Part of the reason Rousey is so favored to win this fight is because she’s already done it once before. The UFC women’s bantamweight champion broke Tate’s arm in their first fight in March 2012 in Columbus, OH to win the Strikeforce 135-pound title, which she carried over to the Octagon when that promotion folded.
It also can’t be forgotten that Tate is coming into her bout with Rousey off of a TKO loss to Cat Zingano, who was unable to compete this weekend after suffering a major knee injury that put her out for the better part of a year.
Tate will enter her fight against Rousey with the odds stacked up against her, but despite the surmountable feat it would appear to take for her to capture the UFC women’s bantamweight title and wrestle it away from a foe that’s been untouchable through seven professional fights, UFC president Dana White still isn’t willing to call it the biggest upset in the history of the promotion even if it does happen on Saturday.
The honor of the greatest upset will still sit squarely on the shoulders of former welterweight champion Matt Serra after he knocked out Georges St-Pierre in dramatic fashion in 2007.
"Even if Miesha Tate beats Ronda Rousey I would still have to say when Matt Serra beat Georges St-Pierre, that’s got to be the biggest upset ever in UFC history," White told FOX Sports Live on Thursday night.
It’s No. 2 for sure.
--Dana White, on a Tate victory over Rousey
What Tate can accomplish with a win over Rousey is jump over other notable upsets like Gonzaga defeating Cro Cop or 40-plus year old Randy Couture coming out of retirement and winning the UFC heavyweight title after 12 months away from the sport.
"It’s No. 2 for sure," White said where Tate beating Rousey would fit in the all time UFC upset list.
Now it’s up to Miesha Tate to prove the betting experts wrong that not only should she not be an 8 to 1 underdog, but she can be the fighter to finally put a loss on the resume of Ronda Rousey.