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Rousey on Tate: 'Wait for me to retire'

UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, left, has twice succumbed to Ronda Rousey's armbar. Ed Mulholland for ESPN

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Ronda Rousey has a piece of advice for her old rival, Miesha Tate: Wait your turn.

Rousey (12-0) will seek her seventh UFC bantamweight title defense Saturday when she takes on former world champion boxer Holly Holm (9-0) at UFC 193 in Etihad Stadium.

Originally, Rousey was expected to fight Tate a third time in January, but the UFC opted to promote Holm into a championship fight instead. Rousey has defeated Tate twice previously, both times via armbar in 2012 and 2013. Tate is on a four-fight win streak though, and remains the only Rousey opponent to ever make it out of the first round.

Since being leapfrogged for the title shot, Tate (17-5) told ESPN.com that she was starting to question her future in mixed martial arts. Rousey, 28, said she didn't necessarily believe that and stated that Tate should wait for her to leave the sport and vacate the title.

"I think it's an empty threat because to be honest, I have more miles on me than she does," Rousey said. "Her best bet really, for her career, is to wait for me to retire and then her and Holly will probably end up fighting for the title. I think that would actually be a really good fight.

"I think her best shot is to wait for me to retire and it's not going to take that long. I'm the one with all the surgeries and arthritis. So, I don't know why she's talking."

Rousey has already put in a lengthy athletic career. She began training judo at a young age and won an Olympic bronze medal for the U.S. in 2008. The first and only UFC female bantamweight champion has been asked about retirement for years, especially as she has accepted acting opportunities in films like "The Expendables 3," "Furious 7" and "Entourage."

She's also locked in to a role on a Peter Berg-directed film "Mile 22," which films in January. She recently told Rolling Stone that she would like to take a break from fighting until UFC 200, which is scheduled for July 9.

Whether Rousey truly intends to leave the sport in the near future or not, one thing is certain -- she feels no sympathy towards Tate, whom she has had a longstanding rivalry with.

"I don't feel bad for her at all," Rousey said. "She didn't feel that I deserved a title shot when I got one [for the Strikeforce championship in 2012].

"She has already gotten more chances than anybody else."