The EA Sports UFC Times Square Takeover event has brought out a strong statement from women's bantamweight star, Miesha Tate. Responding to questions from FOX Sports' Marc Raimondi, Tate discussed the alleged elbowing incident her boyfriend, Bryan Caraway was accused of.
Last year, Cat Zingano accused Caraway of elbowing her in the head at the weigh-ins before her fight with Tate. She went a step further to state that she believed Miesha knew and was in on it;
I saw [Caraway] all week, I smiled and was respectful. I get Miesha and not being BFF's fight week, I'm not fighting her to make friends. But as far as corners go, good fights are the product of well-coached athletes, with heart and talent.
Brian smiled back in my face then elbowed me in the head at weigh-ins. I was pissed. I considered him in that same respect. I am a fighter all the same, but that was dirty and cheap to do to anyone, let alone a girl.
They were both in on it, which makes it even more disturbing. If my husband or son ever pulled something like that, I would be their biggest problem. I won't be bullied nor condone it.
Tate not only denied the altercation happened, she went on to say that if it had, she would kill Caraway in his sleep for even thinking of it.
I don't believe it happened at all, but if it did, it was someone else. At the very, very worst, maybe he bumped her as he walked by. But it was not intentional. He didn't just go 'Bam!' I mean, c'mon. What we have to gain by that, except being called a woman beater?
I know Bryan. Obviously, I would never be with someone who's a woman beater. I'm a pretty fucking strong-headed woman and there's no way. I would kill him in his sleep if he ever thought of it. I would straight up kill him. People saying that blows my mind.
I feel like [Zingano] just jumped on that train. As an adult if that would have happened, I would have said something right then and there.
There's nothing wrong with having strong opinions and standing by your man, but one has to wonder if this is the smartest statement to go on record with, considering the UFC has a code of conduct and is trying to clean up its public image.