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Tate: UFC removing me from Ronda Rousey bout 'ruined my life'

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It sounds like a 3rd shot at Ronda Rousey and a second chance at UFC gold meant a lot more to Miesha Tate than even the UFC might have guessed.

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

It's no surprise that Miesha Tate was pretty unhappy about losing her planned title shot at Ronda Rousey to Holly Holm. Tate had been named the no. 1 contender and next in line for the belt after beating Jessica Eye at UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2. It was her fourth win in a row, with three of those wins coming over ranked competition. That put her far above her peers in terms of immediate track record, but with two reasonably one sided losses to the champ already, the UFC eventually decided they needed to book something new.

Unfortunately for Miesha, she was the last to find out. Getting the news after it broke publicly, while filming the movie Fight Valley right alongside her replacement, Holly Holm. The announcement didn't seem to spark any rift between the two women, but it may have driven a wedge between Tate and the UFC, one that has her thinking about a future that doesn't include fighting:

"I understand why they want to make the Rousey-Holly fight, but that doesn't change the way they handled it," Tate told ESPN. "I think it happened the way it did because they didn't want to risk the information getting out, but in a way, that's also insulting to me. I've been fighting for a long time, and I've proven my character. I'm a professional, and I can separate my disappointment from my actions.

"I don't think the UFC did this to be malicious, but I also don't think they gave me any consideration. This was another day in the office to them, but to me it's like, 'You just ruined my life,' and I feel like they need to understand that a little."

Tate went on to cite her fears of getting sidelined as a career gatekeeper with no real way back to the title as a major reason that she might eventually, and reluctantly consider stepping away from MMA:

"It's a very fine line. All I can say is I don't want it to go in that direction, but anything is a possibility. If it's clear there's no way for me to get a title shot as long as Ronda has the belt, then I don't know. I suppose I have to look at my options. And that's not saying I will retire, but it's something I'd have to think about."

She also noted that by being demoted from title contender she misses out on $25k in Reebok sponsorship for her next fight and added that while she doesn't feel the UFC is bullying her, "When I don't feel right about something or if my heart's not into it, I'm not going to do it."

With even more of a fighter's monetary value now tied up directly with their UFC contract and UFC matchmaking, it could be that we'll see more veteran talent looking hard at their future in the sport, when it doesn't look like they're lined up to get the bookings they feel they deserve.