Miesha Tate Says a Ronda Rousey vs. Gina Carano Fight Would Be a 'Joke'
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.05.2014
She thinks its built on looks and not skill...
Miesha Tate has fired shots at the idea of a potential fight between Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano, saying it would be "kind of a joke." Tate spoke with MMAjunkie about the much-discussed possible fight and said it would be based on looks over skills. Check out the highlights:
On the potential bout: "I really feel that it's just kind of a joke. It really is. Gina was a great fighter, and she's a beautiful women. 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. Women's MMA has been working to legitimize ourselves for so long, and we finally broke the ice, we're finally in the UFC, and we're getting some credibility. Don't take that away by putting a fight together that is based entirely on looks and has little to nothing to do with skill set."
On the damage it could do to women's MMA: "The only thing that drives that is they're both attractive. 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 think what would happen is Gina would get a big payday and sign on the line. Worst-case scenario she gets thrown on her head and has to tap out to an armbar. I don't see Gina beating Ronda. I know her striking is good and everything, but it doesn't really matter if you can't stop the takedown."
On wanting a fight with Carano: "If Gina is serious about making a comeback, then I think I would be the perfect person for her to step in to fight against. I'm not the champion, and it makes kind of a mockery of women's MMA to have her come in and fight the champion. If she can beat me, I'll wish her well on her way to the title, and I'll definitely be rooting for her."