Don't expect Miesha Tate to rally behind Conor McGregor's battle against the UFC for fewer promotional obligations. The women's bantamweight champion gave her thoughts to ESPN on McGregor's decision to skip a recent UFC press conference and the resulting UFC decision to pull him from UFC 200. And to her way of thinking, McGregor's actions aren't just self serving, they're an added burden to the other fighters (such as herself) on the card.
Tate outlined how she's had to pull extra promotional weight since McGregor is now no longer part of the UFC 200 package (transcript via MMAFighting):
"I understand that he has an obsession with beating Nate right now and he wants to stay focused and stay the course at all costs. I get it. But at the end of the day. it says in your contract when you sign that you have to do reasonable promotion. This is reasonable promotion. I have never had the UFC ask me to do unreasonable promotion. And they're very accommodating. Whether it's a car service to take you to where you need to train while you're travelling. Whatever they can do to make your life easier, bringing breakfast to you, bringing lunch to you, whatever you need they're really accommodating. They try to make this as easy [as possible]."
"And we're three months out from the fight you know. It's not unreasonable to ask to come in here for a day and give some promotion. This does huge things for the fight. They filmed the commercial the other day. and we actually ended up having to pick up the pieces of Conor not being there. We had to film more. I had to actually come back and push my training schedule to the side and scoot my stuff around to be able to accommodate the fact that Conor wasn't there and fill up those voids."
Of course, whether or not Tate having to "fill up those voids" is really on Conor McGregor, or the loosely defined "reasonable promotion" duties that she's already signed up for is a whole other kettle of fish. No matter how you slice it, less Conor McGregor means more promotional work for everyone else. At least now, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier are on the card to spread out the burden again.
UFC 200 goes down on July 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile Arena. Miesha Tate will defend her bantamweight title on the PPV card against challenger Amanda Nunes. Stay tuned for more news and updates.