Miesha Tate continues to be the number one contender at 135, and is one of the UFC’s biggest female stars, but “Cupcake” clearly has some issues with her employer.
After Tate defeated Jessica Eye earlier this year, the UFC announced she would challenge champion Ronda Rousey next. The promotion elected to change gears, however, and Holly Holm was tapped to fight “Rowdy” at UFC 193.
The move bothered Tate, as one would expect, but since the UFC hasn’t committed to handing her a title shot with one more win, things seem to be getting more intense. In addition, Joe Rogan recently buzzed the MMA world by questioning why Tate makes so much less than Rousey.
Well, Tate appeared on the latest “MMA Hour”, and the 29 year-old outlined some of the grievances she has with the UFC. A major one being that Tate claims the UFC offered her a Fight Pass bout with Amanda Nunes, which provides far less compensation than a pay-per-view title fight. Here is just some of what Tate had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“I need to know for myself, for my career, what my next move is going to be,” Tate added, “and I have some more demands that I want to make. I realize that Ronda is making a lot, and I just feel like when I walk out for my weigh-ins, when I walk out for my fights, I have an amazing fanbase. They really always show their love and appreciation, and you can tell that I have the loudest crowd response pretty much of anyone fighting on the card, besides Ronda of course. But when it’s a card by myself, I always have a huge crowd response. I have a tremendous fanbase, and I don’t think any of us really want retirement to be the situation. So the UFC needs to kind of wake up and smell the coffee and make something work.”
Now sure, Rousey is a mainstream phenomenon, and this is a big reason why she’s collecting massive checks. But, Tate does raise some interesting questions, and it will be interesting to see how or if the UFC tries to make her happy. There’s no doubt a lot of people will be pleased if they do.