Miesha Tate is one of the UFC’s carryovers from Strikeforce and still fighting on her old deal with the old organization. Tate has fought three times for the UFC and has one fight left on her contract, and she believes she is worthy of a pay raise on her next deal.
Speaking at an event in New York Thursday to raise awareness for HIV testing and safe sex, Tate shared her contract thoughts with MMA Fighting.
“I do want to get paid more, of course,” she said. “I think my stock’s gone up a lot since fighting in the UFC. I think the contract that transpired when I was still in Strikeforce, transitioning to the UFC, doesn’t reflect what I feel like I’m worth. So that’s a whole process that has to happen.”
Tate says she would like to have a new deal in place before her final fight on her current deal. She lost her first two fights in the UFC — first to Cat Zingano and then Ronda Rousey — but she beat Liz Carmouche last month. Sarah Kaufman, to whom she lost in 2009, has called her out since and wants to face her again.
Tate says she hasn’t responded because she doesn’t want to get into the cat-calling Twitter game, but if you connect the dots, it seems like she has more important things on her mind before beginning to discuss her next opponent. Miesha reportedly made $28k to fight Carmouche and an additional $28k as a win bonus. She definitely is worth more than that.
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