When Gina Carano Talks Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey, We Listen

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Strikeforce bantamweight champion Miesha Tate will defend her title against the surging Ronda Rousey early next month in what is possibly the most hotly anticipated women's MMA bout since the former face of women's MMA, Gina Carano, did battle with its current villain, Cris "Cyborg" Santos.

Speaking with MMAWeekly recently, Carano -- who is still on the fence about her return to MMA -- gave her take on the fight, expressing her respect for both competitors and great excitement for the fight in general.

"I completely thought that Marloes Coenen was going to win in that last fight against Miesha, so I was really impressed with Miesha," Carano said of the champ. "I think Miesha Tate works really hard and I think a lot of people thought Marloes was going to win that fight, so I think she gained a lot of respect from a lot of people. I don't think we can underestimate her anymore. She's a legit opponent."

Carano is similarly impressed by Rousey's ability and dedication.

"I think it's really cool that Ronda's an Olympic athlete. She's been a part of a lot of competitions, she's got the drive, and obviously she's got the skill," she said. "Not one of her fights has gone out of the first round, so I think it's going to be really interesting to see."

Two formidable competitors such as Tate and Rousey squaring off against one another makes for an intriguing bout and one that Carano is eagerly anticipating as a fan.

"Both of those women are hard workers and have stronger personalities. I hope that it does well," said Carano. "I'm super excited about it."

Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey goes down on March 3 from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

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