Miesha Tate on Kim Winslow: I'd never let her ref another fight of mine

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Ultimate Fighter coach and UFC title contender Miesha Tate is still angry about what Kim Winslow's quick stoppage of her fight against Cat Zingano and she rips the ref in a new interview.

Miesha Tate took to the radio airwaves at the Sirius XM Fight Club to vent about ref Kim Winslow. Tate is still mad because she feels Winslow stopped her Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale bout with Cat Zingano prematurely. Here's what she had to say (transcribed by Eriksson Lau):

"There's no way in hell I'd let Kim Winslow referee another fight of mine. I think she's horrible. I think some people who are not fighters and watch that fight and are like cringe cause they don't have the fighter mentality and can never possibly understand it and that's why they're sitting in the stands. That's why I'm the one out there fighting, and I can tell you right now I wasn't done. I was ready to go on in that fight. I took a couple knees, but I was perfectly cognitive. I was thinking what I need to do, okay, I need to get off the cage and I need to shoot. And that's what I tried to do. The referee stopped it and some people agree with it and some people don't. I don't agree with it. I thought it was premature, if I had lost the first two rounds and it was a downhill slope maybe the stoppage was justify. But the fact that I won the first two rounds and I was off to a slow start in the 3rd round doesn't mean that the fight should have been stopped because I was bleeding. I had no cuts. I'm sorry my nose bleeds a lot. I have a big nose, whatever. People give me shit about it all the time

..."I was so pissed when she stopped the fight. The first thing I did was look up at her and said "Why did you stop the fight?" And [Kim Winslow] goes "because your face is a mess". I'm like seriously. That's why you stopped the fight. Your face is a mess and they still let you work. That's what I felt like saying to her. Are you serious right now did you not realize that we were coming in here to fight each other. You don't base it off how much someones bleeding, you base it off whether or not they're cognitive and they're still trying. And that's what she told me in the locker room. [Winslow] said, "Hey, if you're still working, you're still trying, you don't have to be effective, but if you just have to show me you still wanna in the fight" and I feel like I did that. I shot in for a takedown or whatever, and she stopped the fight. And I was pissed about it. I'm still pissed about it. I'll be pissed about it til the day I die. Or until the day I get to fight Cat Zingano again, and I whoop her ass and what's done will be done.
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She doesn't do anything. I don't think she deserves to be a referee. And if she is she should go to the amateur levels where it doesn't matter as much, there's not as much on the line because she's literally ruining people's lives. And you know I was little bit over confident with her going into this fight. She's gotten a lot of flack before, but she did let the Cyborg and Jan Finney fight go. Then I felt like when the tables turned she just, I don't know, she dropped the ball. I know some people feel like the stop was justified, but like I said all those people are people that aren't fighters themselves. So, really they can't say what it feels like to be in the cage. I think any fighter watching that, and knowing me and knowing the shots I've taken and comeback from that, would have said "no, that fight shouldn't have been stopped."

What do you think? Was the fight stopped too soon? Is Winslow a clear and present danger to fighters? Does Tate have sour grapes?


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