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Former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate retired following her UFC 205 loss on Saturday, then promptly exercised her (presumed) freedom to refuse a hospital request from UFC President Dana White.

"Her and I had a little bit of a thing tonight," White said during the post fight press conference. "She was refusing to go to the hospital, and I'm like, ‘you're going to the hospital.' She's like, ‘f-ck you, I don't work for you anymore.' So, yeah."

According to White, he eventually convinced her to go to the hospital.

"I was like, that's a good point, but you need to go to the hospital," he said. "Then, I had to start begging, ‘if you go to the hospital tonight, I'll get you another job doing something else, and I could be your boss again.' So, she went. Yeah, she has to go."

Tate is one of the pioneers of women's MMA, winning Strikeforce gold in 2011, and was finally able to capture the UFC bantamweight title she had been chasing for years after defeating Holly Holm at UFC 196. She would go on to lose the title to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200, and was hoping to get back in the win column at when she faced Raquel Pennington.

"She's upset and she's very emotional," White said. "But I care about Miesha a lot, and I think she's going to do just fine in her life after fighting."


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