After being seated next to Conor McGregor during the UFC 197 pre-fight presser for almost an hour, bantamweight title contender Miesha Tate has officially become a fan.
In said media event, McGregor incessantly took shots at lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos, whom he will be facing at UFC 197 on March 5th. Apparently, Tate was actually in awe of the situation, as she kept herself from laughing at the Irishman’s remarks.
"It’s kind of mind blowing, honestly. I have never sat next to Conor at a press conference," Tate said in her recent appearance on The MMA Hour. "I’ve heard his interviews and things like that, but I’ve never sat next to him and really just listened to him do his full gamut of mental warfare, and it was honestly pretty impressive."
"I don’t know where this guy gets it from, but I mean he is really in his own right a genius."
Tate will be co-headlining the event, in her third attempt to claim the world bantamweight title, this time against a different opponent in Holly Holm. And as the spotlight is once again focused on McGregor, Tate says she does not mind taking a back seat, as long as it generates a good amount of buzz.
"Well you know what, it’s really nice, because it definitely takes a lot of the distractions off, and he seems to handle it really well," Tate said. "And the good thing about it is, when I go out there and take this belt, regardless, there’s going to be a lot of eyes watching. Because whether they want to see Conor McGregor or they want to see our fight, they’re going to be watching."
"We’re right before their fight, so pretty much the entire world’s going to see that, and I’m really excited about that," she continued. "So that’s the most important thing."
(Transcription via MMA Fighting)