Opinion: Miesha Tate Smashed Back Down To Reality
By Michael Hatamoto
There is no question that Miesha Tate is an extremely talented women’s MMA fighter and will be around the UFC for quite some time.
After an entertaining fight against new No. 1 contender Cate Zingano at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, if nothing else, Tate is clearly a very game – and tough – fighter. I just think she spends too much time on trying to promote fights and talk to the media when she should focus more on training and tweaking her fight strategies.
Whether or not she feels the fight with Cat Zingano was stopped too early, it’s Zingano that will coach on TUF opposite of women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. (In reality: referee Kim Winslow needs to go back to referee training seminars, or whatever it will take, because she’s an absolutely atrocious referee, especially for UFC fight cards.)
Tate is an extremely tough opponent for anyone not named Rousey and I think a rematch between her and Zingano – which obviously isn’t going to happen immediately – could yield another Fight of the Night award for both women.
Tate is the former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion and has beaten the likes of Marloes Coenen, Hitomi Akano and Zoila Gurgel throughout her career. However, she has four career losses throughout her career: Zingano, Ronda Rousey, Sarah Kaufman, and Kaitlin Young – all four opponents are top level fighters, and it’s understandable to lose to any of them.
For the record: Rousey also believes the fight may have been stopped ‘prematurely,’ but said Tate should have never put herself in that situation if she didn’t want the fight to be stopped.