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Miesha Tate Talks Disappointment Of Losing Title-Fight

Ronda Rousey

When the UFC announced that Ronda Rousey would be defending her bantamweight title against Holly Holm, and not Miesha Tate, the former title contender was left shocked.

Tate, who scored a fourth consecutive victory this past July when she bested Jessica Eye, was viewed at the time as the No. 1 contender once more to Rousey. However, the promotion went ahead with a new face in Holm, a former boxing world champion who sports an unblemished MMA record.

“I understand. They want to get the undefeated vs. undefeated,” said Tate, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “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.”

As for what might be next for the former Strikeforce champion, that remains a mystery.

“The news of not fighting Ronda was kind of shocking,” she said. “I’m kind of in a state of limbo right now. I don’t know where I’m going to go.”

Since signing with the UFC in 2013, Tate (17-5) has gone 4-2, losing to Rousey and Cat Zingano. She also suffered a 2012 loss to Rousey while both were in Strikeforce. The two coached opposite one another on The Ultimate Fighter after an injury knocked Zingano out of action.


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