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Kenai Andrews is an editor at Postmedia's Canada.com, creator and chief blogger of MMA Crossfire. Kenai's motto is: Dare to be different. Email Kenai at kenai.andrews@mmacrossfire.com

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It’s fight week!

The combat sports world awaits the return of Anderson “The Spider” Silva.

And where is Nick Diaz?

Meanwhile, Miesha Tate and Sara McMann should prove very interesting.

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MMA Crossfire – IMMAF signs deal with UFC Fight Pass

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) announced today the 2015 IMMAF amateur world championships will be shown on UFC FIght Pass.

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MMA Crossfire – UFC 183’s Miesha Tate looks to lead by example

UFC women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate (15-5-0) is never too far from the spotlight.

Currently ranked #2, she steps in to the octagon Saturday to battle #3 Sara McMann (8-1-0) at UFC 183.

Joshua Nussbaum recently interviewed her and it’s clear she’s come a long way from the 19-year-old teenager with a passion for mixed martial arts.

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Miesha Tate fights Sara McMann Saturday, January 31st at UFC 183.

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Miesha Tate. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Joshua Nussbaum: You are a role model for women. But, more than that, you have become a role model for athletes in general. You have in many ways, crossed the gender gap with a large male audience that respects your level of fitness and dedication. How does that make you feel and is it something you expected when you pursued your career path?

Miesha Tate: When I started fighting, I was just a 19-year-old girl who had a passion. It wasn’t until about two years into my career that I thought I might actually be able to make fighting into more than just a passion, but a way to support myself. I wanted to take it as far as I could!

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Miesha Tate throws an elbow at Rin Nakai in a file photo. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The fact that I am considered a role model to some is actually a bit intimidating because I am far from perfect, but I also see it as one of my biggest accomplishments to date. I try my best to lead by example.

Joshua Nussbaum: For those of us unfamiliar with the regimented fitness and dietary needs as you are preparing for the fight, will you give us a peak into your average day?

Miesha Tate: I train two times a day, Monday through Friday and once on Saturday. I spend an average of 4-6 hours a day in the gym. Each day is a little different, but in the mornings I rotate strength and conditioning with skill building and drilling, and in the evenings I do some sort of technique review and then live rounds of sparring.

Sometimes we specify we are working more on the ground portion that day or the striking or wrestling; the focus alternates, so we can cover all aspects of MMA. Nutrition and recovery are a whole other aspect, but equally important. Fighting is a round-the-clock job because your body is your business and we put it through the harshest, most grueling conditions and then focus on recovering enough to be able to do it again the next day.

Joshua Nussbaum: What are a few of your favorite pre-fight supplements and how do you use them?

Miesha Tate: I really like MuscleRev Xtreme by RevLabs. It helps my overall performance and promotes lean muscle mass. I’m always striving to be as lean and strong as possible going into a fight. I also like their protein product, ProRev. It has all the essential amino acids in each serving, which are the building blocks of muscles, BCAA’s (Branched Chained Amino Acids), which stop muscles from breaking down and I love the fact it includes Glutamine in the protein. I am a huge advocate of Glutamine because it helps you to not get or stay sore from your workouts, which is fantastic!

Joshua Nussbaum: What advice would you give to both athletes and non-athletes to empower them to stay focused dedicated as they pursue their fitness goals?

Miesha Tate: The truth is sometimes you’re not going to feel like getting up and going to the gym, so give yourself a 6-week goal of going everyday no matter what and see where you’re at after that. Sometimes, creating the habit is the hardest thing to do, but it gets easier the more consistent you are.

Also DON’T have a cheat day, have a cheat meal.

If you need to have a cheat once a week then make it one meal, a lot of damage can be done if you take an entire day to eat whatever you want. Usually it puts all the calories you burned throughout the week right back in, so it causes plateaus.

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Miesha Tate signs autographs for fans in a file photo. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Joshua Nussbaum:  How do you maintain a sense of purpose vision for yourself and your career?

Miesha Tate: Lots of reminders. As with anything, there are times when I feel burnt out, tired, or just demotivated, but I search for whatever it is that will put the fire back under me. I refuse to be complacent, so I find a way. That’s it.

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Miesha Tate interacts with media in a file photo. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Joshua Nussbaum: What is the message you want to convey to your fans?

Miesha Tate: You can’t predict the future. You can’t know you will win, but you can be certain you’ll give it everything you have. Have faith in that, and give yourself the best odds to succeed. That’s all that matters.

Miesha Tate fights Sara McMann Saturday January 31st at UFC 183.

Joshua Nussbaum is the president of the nutritional supplement company RevLabs.

MMA Crossfire – Canadian Charmaine Tweet to challenge Cyborg at Invicta FC 11

Invicta Fighting Championships released details on their February 27th card that is scheduled for the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and aired exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

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MMA Crossfire – King Mo, Andre Santos step in at Bellator 134

The injury bug struck at the Bellator 134: British Invasion, but CEO Scott Coker announced two replacement matches that should help.

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MMA Crossfire – Video: Countdown to UFC 183: Silva vs Diaz extended preview

UFC 183 goes down January 31st from the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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MMA Crossfire – Irish eyes smile on FOX Sports One UFC Fight Night Boston numbers

Somewhere, Conor McGregor is smiling.

The numbers are in, and they support his UFC Fight Night Boston pre-amble bravado.

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