Miesha Tate: “UFC has given opportunities to many women to showcase their skill sets”
Miesha Tate admits she was not too optimistic when the UFC first announced that Ronda Rousey is to join its ranks.
UFC President firmly objected to have women’s MMA in his promotion but the UFC changes its course and put an amazing amount of push behind the women.
Now, five years later, the UFC has introduced a fourth women’s division. In addition to this, both Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Amanda Nunes are ranked amongst the best pound-for-pound fighters, not to mention Rousey became one of the biggest MMA stars ever.
It kind of blows my mind to be honest,” Tate told the Fight Society podcast. “That’s one thing I will say about the UFC, they don’t do anything half-assed and if they’re going to do it, they do it. When they finally decided to get behind the women’s fighting, they did it with 100-percent commitment. People ask me what’s the difference between boxing and MMA, why is women’s MMA so much more successful? Because the promotion actually gave us equal opportunity to display our skill sets.“
“We’ve headlined huge cards and a lot of co-main events to very, very big cards. It’s one of those things when a promotion gets behind you and gives you the same push and the same opportunity for exposure and the exact equal opportunity, well that shows you what can happen when it’s there.”
“What I also love about women fighting for equality in the workplace, when we’re actually fighting for a career choice alongside our male counterparts and we’ve gotten so much scrutiny — women shouldn’t do that, there’s no way — well here we are and what a better representation of what women can be when you pick a sport like fighting,” Tate said.
“It just goes to show, girls are a lot tougher than society gives us credit for.”
“I think a lot of times women’s potential is held back just by the idea that everybody has and as little girls are raised. They’re raised to be pampered a little bit more and if she falls and scrapes her knee we’ve got to coddle her but if the boy does ‘hey suck it up!’. Maybe we need to be a little bit more across the board, equal with everybody,” Tate explained. “Girls are tough, too.“
“We don’t need be raised to be these delicate little flowers. Let’s let the girls reach their inner potential. I love that the UFC has given opportunities to many women to showcase their skill sets.”