A couple of weeks ago, we were treated to one of the best fights we've seen thus far for the year. Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano battled it out for the TUF 18 coaching spot, opposite UFC women's bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey. It was an exciting fight, and Zingano was able to get the finish in the third round with just two minutes and five seconds left on the clock. It was a huge testament to Zingano's strength, skill, and passion to win.
For Tate, it was an obviously crushing defeat, in that she felt she was defending intelligently, and the fight could have been allowed to go on. In the interest of fighter safety, commission appointed referee, Kim Winslow felt otherwise. I tend to find fault with Winslow's style of reffing on a regular basis, and during that fight, there were several things one could point out that Kim was erroneous in, but her decision to stop the fight was not one of them. Miesha was taking a ton of punishment, and I'm not of the mind to want to witness the infliction of brain damage for the sake of keeping the fight exciting. Miesha will go on to fight another day, it's just unfortunate that it won't next be against Rousey in a rematch that no doubt would have gotten the attention of millions.
Ronda's leap to stardom transcends MMA. She's one of those personas that just speaks out to the sports and entertainment worlds as an athlete, not just a fighter. That's an enviable position to be in, as no other fighter before her has made the transition as completely as she has. She makes the media rounds constantly now, whether a fight is booked or not, and the mainstream media has an ongoing love affair with it's new sports darling.
In the aftermath of the Tate / Zingano fight, Rousey admits that she was sorry to see Tate lose in a fight that she controlled up until the third round, where she was stopped. She had this to say on the topic:
I was a little disappointed to be honest but Cat is an amazing fighter and she did a great job.
I don't want to take anything away from her. It was one of those fights. I thought that Miesha was doing really well but it ended up in Cat's favor. All respect to her. She deserves to be the coach, and I can't wait to fight her.
I think because of the demand it's going to end up happening anyway. So many people want to see that fight again. A lot of people keep telling me that was their favorite fight. And just me and Miesha personally, I think we just like fighting each other because we don't like each other very much. It's bound to happen just because the demand is there.
*Credit to MMA Fighting for the quote transcription*
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