Last month the UFC's biggest and arguably the most popular fighter in the world, Conor McGregor, decided to take a stand against the UFC's definition of "reasonable amount of press." He failed to show up for the press conference to promote UFC 200, partly out of protest.
Not everyone agreed with McGregor, especially the fighters who took time out of their schedules to show up. Of those was current UFC women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, who came under criticism for her comment that McGregor left her to "pick up the pieces" during a commercial shoot for the upcoming event.
On her podcast, "The Miesha Tate Show," the champ explained that she's actually a big fan of McGregor's, even if she has a "beef" with him.
"Sometimes people are like ‘oh you're complaining.' Well if you were in my shoes and you had to miss your practice to pick up something that Conor didn't give any notice on that he wasn't going to be there and then they're asking you to fill in the blank when it was his job and his responsibility and his contract to do it, I mean yeah am I allowed to be a little bit frustrated? I think so. I think that's fair."
Tate, who is 18-5, is on a bit of a hot streak. She's going into her first title defense and on a five-fight win streak, all of which were against top-10 fighters. In her last fight, Tate beat Holly Holm and earned the UFC title she tried to get for years. She'll square off against No. 4-ranked Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in July. Right now, that's her focus, not McGregor and his absence on the promotional side.
"It doesn't bother me anymore but at that moment in time I'm going to tell people the truth," she said. "Freakin' shoot me I guess for voicing my opinion."
(H/t mmamania.com for the quotes)
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