Traditionally, the martial arts have a way of instilling respect in fighters for their fellow athlete. There's a bond amongst these fighters that sacrifice with little pay and lots of blood, sweat, and tears. Unfortunately, bad blood can still boil well after a career is in the rearview mirror. At a recent Q&A session in Sao Paulo, Bethe Correia laid into #MieshaTate, calling her recent retirement a show of "weakness."
Here's the full quote, courtesy of MMAFighting:
"She showed she’s bipolar because when the UFC didn’t want her fighting for the belt, she wanted to retire. She lost to Raquel and got herself in a bad phase, lost to Amanda, and announced her retirement. When you’re not going the way you want and you run away from it, that shows weakness."
"I’ve been through a lot of tough moments in the UFC and never wanted to retire. Quite the opposite. My fight against Ronda left a damage here, and I want to fight more, win more, to have experience, in order to have Rousey vs. Correia 2, maybe here in Sao Paulo, so it can be very different, and leave with my head up."
The difference between Bethe and Miesha's career, however couldn't be more different. Miesha Tate was a trailblazer for women's MMA, starting her career in 2007 when frankly, women's MMA wasn't a thing. If women did fight, it was with 3-minute rounds, and not many promotions put them on the card.
Bethe came in after the boom, post-Ronda Rousey, and has only been fighting and training for over 4 years. It's unfair to question an athlete's decision to step away after a long and storied career such as Miesha Tate's. And yet, Correia is doing it.
They do have bad blood, but at what point should you let someone retire in peace? Or does Correia not believe that Miesha will stay retired? Hmmm.