Miesha Tate MMA

March 2, 2012 by staff 

Miesha Tate MMA, Mixed martial artist Miesha Tate believes she has paid her dues in the sport. She also believes her experience warrants a certain amount of respect, and her opponent in Saturday’s Strikeforce bantamweight title bout isn’t showing enough of it.

“I just feel that, all in all, she’s not a good representation for our sport,” Tate said. “She knows how to sell a fight, and that’s fine and dandy. I feel our skills should come before anything else.”

Tate is referring to Ronda Rousey, a brash Olympic judo medalist who called out Tate for a title shot after just four brief but impressive professional fights against non-contenders at a higher weight class (145 pounds).

Tate was supposed to fight in a rematch against former bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Sarah Kaufman after winning a classic fight against Marloes Coenen to take the crown. But Strikeforce scrapped the Tate-Kaufman rematch and set up the Tate-Rousey clash instead. And a few martial arts themes will be at play: respect, patience and the “right way” of doing things.

Rousey makes no apologies for insisting on the matchup.

“We’re the most marketable ones right now,” Rousey told Tate in a live debate on “The MMA Hour” in November while still campaigning for the title shot.

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