UFC Contender Miesha Tate is pretty pissed off about the whole Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm situation, especially the way it went down and how she heard about it. She was publicly promised a title shot if she beat Jessica Eye and even at the post fight press conference, UFC President Dana White announced that she would be next in line. But one morning Miesha Tate woke up to 40+ texts asking her if she got injured and what happened. Dana didn’t even bother to call her and she just found out online like everybody else.
“I understand why they want to make the Rousey vs Holly fight, but that doesn’t change the way they handled it,” Tate said. “I think it happened the way it did because they didn’t want to risk the information getting out, but in a way, that’s also insulting to me. I’ve been fighting for a long time, and I’ve proven my character. I’m a professional, and I can separate my disappointment from my actions.
“I don’t think the UFC did this to be malicious, but I also don’t think they gave me any consideration. This was another day in the office to them, but to me it’s like, ‘You just ruined my life,’ and I feel like they need to understand that a little.”
“I fear that they want me to fight all the other top girls, and the connotation is that if they beat me, they get a title, but if I beat them, it’s ‘bring on the next one.’ Essentially, I feel like they have deemed me as a gatekeeper, and that’s fine for a while because I put myself there. I won and lost those fights. But there has to be some light at the end of that tunnel. If there’s not, what is my future in this sport?”
“It’s a very fine line,” Tate said. “All I can say is I don’t want it to go in that direction, but anything is a possibility. If it’s clear there’s no way for me to get a title shot as long as Ronda has the belt, then I don’t know. I suppose I have to look at my options. And that’s not saying I will retire, but it’s something I’d have to think about.”
“I’m going to lose a lot of money,” Tate said. “In the [UFC’s Reebok apparel deal], if you fight for the title, I think it’s $30,000 in sponsor pay. I think I’ll be back down to $5,000 since it’s a nontitle fight. Plus, you just make more money when you fight for the title. It’s no secret. Between sponsors, the promotion, everything that goes behind it.”
“When push comes to shove, I will stand my ground,” Tate says. “I’m a company woman. I went to Japan and fought on Fight Pass for relatively low exposure. I fought Sara McMann when nobody wanted to fight her. I make myself as available as possible. But there comes a point when I cannot sacrifice what I believe in my heart to be right.
“I’m not saying the UFC is trying to bully me, but if they really want something and they get it in their head, that’s all they want, and for me it’s not that simple. When I don’t feel right about something or if my heart’s not into it, I’m not going to do it.”