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.