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Miesha Tate: Gina Carano fighting Ronda Rousey is a joke

Miesha Tate

If you think that Gina Carano returning from five years away from MMA and getting a shot at Ronda Rousey in her first fight back is a little ridiculous, you’re not alone. Another top female fighter, Miesha Tate, feels the same way.

In an interview with MMA Junkie radio, Tate said she felt like Carano fighting Rousey right away would be “kind of a joke.”

“I really feel that it’s just kind of a joke,” Tate told MMAjunkie Radio. “It really is. Gina was a great fighter, and she’s a beautiful woman. Ronda is a great fighter, and she’s an attractive girl. But to say that Gina should be able to come in after five years of nothing and take on arguably the best female fighter ever? Come on.”

Carano hasn’t fought since August 2009 when she lost to Cyborg for her lone defeat. Rousey, on the other hand, has been fighting regularly since making her professional debut a little over three years ago. Carano has been making movies while Rousey has been mastering her sport. The two are at two completely different points in their careers.

But don’t take this to mean that Tate feels Carano is undeserving of fighting in the UFC; she just feels Carano is undeserving of an immediate title shot. Instead, she thinks Carano should face someone like her as a challenge first before getting the shot at Rousey.

Tate also knows exactly why the UFC want to do a fight between Carano and Rousey. It’s pretty obvious for anyone with eyes.

“The only thing that drives that is they’re both attractive,” Tate said. “It makes the women’s title hold no value. It makes it look like it’s a joke and they just put whatever’s going to sell. If we’re going to really legitimize women’s MMA as a sport and have it respected as a sport, then you have to treat it as such.”

I’ve said the exact same thing. There’s no way the UFC could legitimately have Carano return and fight Rousey immediately. She would need a tune-up fight first — someone she could beat — before that fight is made. But maybe the UFC does not want to risk the possibility of Carano losing a first fight and having the marquee matchup between Gina and Ronda go away.



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  • Simon

    Miesha has no room to talk, she got both the TUF shot and a title
    shot/rematch with Rhonda because Cat Zigano, who had just beaten Miesha
    and was supposed to take the TUF gig and title shot, got injured and
    then her husband committed suicide. Miesha got a shot she in no way
    deserved. Other than the fact that Tate’s pretty, as is Rhonda, and it’s
    no different that what Miesha is saying about Gina and Rhonda being
    both beautiful as the impetus of a fight.

  • TexizzBoy

    Ms. Tate is very attractive and fights well but she does not have a Championship in her!

  • IamSlave

    Hardly comparable. Yes, Tate was coming off a lost but she’s an active fighter and was still in the top 3. Where as Gina hasn’t fought in 5 years and doesn’t even fight in that weight class. Big differences.

  • IamSlave

    Expect she was the SF champ….

  • TexizzBoy

    I have missed something: What is “SF champ”?

  • IamSlave

    StrikeForce….

  • TexizzBoy

    Preeshayt it!

  • Pete Williams

    Gina Carano would kick her ass in round one today!

  • Es

    IT is a total joke. But unfortunately that’s what sells. Gina left to make movies hasn’t been in the cage since the Cyborg fight …. Cage rust.. 5yrs worth..putting her up against Rousey is murder but we know how it ends, first round … 2 1/2 minutes in….arm bar… done. Gina should stick to movies Or atleast let her get her feet wet, give her a prelim slot with a newcomer to see if her head is even in it. She may get into the cage and have a flashback of the Cyborg fight..space out Resulting in game over… let’s face it 90% of MMA fighters male or female to leave & do movies and come back cannot fight at their capacity and R.R. needs a real opponent. #Tate or #Cyborg someone more experienced Let the women who deserve and have earned the shot.. get it… but that’s me…

  • Large Johnson

    I don’t like Tate but I couldn’t agree more. Sadly ever since the UFC became mainstream it has slowly become more and more about the money then it is about the fighters. I’m sick of seeing people that haven’t earned a title shot get one and work horses like George Sotiropoulos who won 7 UFC fights in a row not get a title shot. This is why I have started to turn away from the UFC and started watching Bellator and Titan FC. The way things are going the UFC will end up like the WWE which was awesome up until around the mid 2000′s where it seemed that Mr. McMahon was more interested in making money then putting on a good show. I believe it could be from a lack of big competition. Just like the WWE bought out its major competition(WCW and ECW), UFC did the same with their biggest cometition(Pride FC and Strikefore).

  • Oliver Rupčić

    says the girl who got it showing her pussy on magazines, lol you lost a fight got beat up and got a title shot afterwards cause you could sell the main event. Obviously they gonna make Gina Ronda, we wanna see it and it’s great for the UFC. Business at it’s finest.

  • Baho Puwetmoh

    ummm miesha, the UFC is a business. you getting beaten up by ronda for a 3rd time isnt going to sell many tickets. right now rousey has run out of legitimate challengers and nobody wants to see any lower tier female fighters at the moment. so what is the UFC supposed to do? rousey is the only female fighter fans want to see, but there isnt anybody left for her to fight.

  • Robert Ta

    Women fighting is a joke. They should fight naked. Then it might be worth watching.

  • blanketman0002

    Tate had 2 shots at Ronda and lost both, why should she get a third shot?

  • Dave

    Women’s MMA’s a joke.