Following Tate’s decision win over Jessica Eye this past summer, “Cupcake” campaigned hard for a title shot, and for a period, it looked like she had succeeded. But, the UFC turned heads a few weeks ago, by announcing that Holly Holm would fight Rousey instead.
Holm has long been regarded as a possible, future challenger for Rousey, but since the decorated boxer is ranked #8, no one saw her title fight coming right now.
“I’m very frustrated with the UFC,” said Tate. “I’m not in a position where I feel like I need to be pushed around and, ‘Oh, you take this fight, take that fight.’ It makes no sense to me why I’m not the champion and yet I’m fighting all the No. 1 contenders. Amanda Nunes is ranked No. 4 and Holm is ranked No. 8.
“What is wrong with that picture? I’m not the champ and I’m fighting better girls than the champion is fighting and I’m not getting paid what the champion is getting paid. It’s the champion’s job to fight the best girls in the world. When I’m the champion, we’ll talk.”
How about that for some strong words? Now sure, Rousey fans will point out that she’s already defeated four of the top five ranked contenders, including Tate, so, it’s not like she hasn’t faced the division’s best.
While Nunes is ranked higher than Holm, as Tate noted, she hasn’t been followed by the same level of hype. If Nunes wins her next fight, well, one would think she’s next in line.
It will be interesting to see how things go for Tate here on out, and if she ends up getting that third bout with Rousey after all.
Rousey-Holm will headline UFC 193 which will go down on November 14th in Melbourne, Australia.