It’s rough being Miesha Tate. One the hand, she’s gone to war and beaten nearly every female in the UFC’s 145-pound division, and many (herself included) thought she’d be next in line for a shot at champ Ronda Rousey’s belt. On the other hand, although she’s lasted longer in the cage against Rousey than anyone else, she still lost convincingly to Rousey twice. Tate lost out on her crack at redemption when it was announced that Holly Holm would be facing Rousey at UFC 193 in Australia.
Last night, she appeared on UFC Tonight to talk about it.
Tate on what’s next for her after not getting the Ronda Rousey rematch: “I’m not exactly sure what my next move is. I’m in this awkward stage. I’m in limbo.”
Tate on UFC president Dana White saying a third loss to Rousey would kill her career: “I disagree. I don’t care what anyone thinks. I don’t plan on losing to Ronda a third time. It’s kind of offensive that he’s counting me out. It bothers me a little bit. He thinks what he thinks.”
Tate on Holm getting the shot at Rousey: “I understand. They want to get the undefeated vs. undefeated. I’m not going to say from a business perspective it doesn’t make sense. But the problem I have with it is the UFC promised me a title fight leading up to my last fight. It was a title eliminator fight, and after winning the fight I was told I’d get the title shot. But then not finding out from the company and waking up to text messages. That was a little harder than them calling me up and telling me this is what just makes sense at the time. My manager is talking to them, but I haven’t talked to them personally.
Tate on her next fight: “The news of not fighting Ronda was kind of shocking. I’m kind of in a state of limbo right now. I don’t know where I’m going to go.”
Tate on fighting Cyborg in the future: “I’d love to fight Cris. It’d be an amazing opportunity to fight someone as accomplished as her and to challenge myself. I hear she’s planning a fight at 140 under the Invicta FC banner. I’m not fighting for them. If she moves to the UFC, then I’m your girl.”
Tate on if Rousey should fight Cyborg at 140 pounds: “Ronda is the champion, but so is Cyborg. They’re both dominant champions. To me it makes sense to meet at the middle.”
Tate on Rousey fighting lower-ranked fighters: “That’s part of my frustration. They want me to keep fighting top-five people and she’s fighting lower ranked fighters.”
Tate on avenging a fight: “I look to avenge the loss to Cat Zingano at some stage of my career.”