Leading up to her ‘UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barao II’ fight against Jessica Eye, Miesha Tate was under the impression that she would receive a title shot upon winning the bout given that she was riding a 3-fight win streak that was ultimately extended with her win over Eye.
After Ronda Rousey’s UFC 190 win over Bethe Correia it was revealed that the next UFC title shot would go to the highly touted prospect Holly Holm.
Tate wasn’t too happy, and apparently has been getting mixed signals from her employers regarding what she needs to do to get another title shot, if she can even get one.
She spoke to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto:
“[UFC president] Dana White will say I’m one fight away, and then in his next interview, he’ll say I’m a couple fights away,” Tate said. “I keep seeing different headlines come out, and I don’t know what to think.
“I fear that they want me to fight all the other top girls, and the connotation is that if they beat me, they get a title, but if I beat them, it’s ‘bring on the next one.’ Essentially, I feel like they have deemed me as a gatekeeper, and that’s fine for a while because I put myself there. I won and lost those fights. But there has to be some light at the end of that tunnel. If there’s not, what is my future in this sport?”
Tate has lost to Rousey twice, once under the Strikeforce banner, and once under the UFC banner.