Perennial UFC title contender Miesha Tate is one of the first high-profile women to speak up about how the Reebok deal will be damaging her paychecks. Much like Gegard Mousasi and Brendan Schaub, “Cupcake” will be taking a major hit as well.
“Honestly, I’m not that excited about the numbers,” Tate revealed. “I’m taking a big loss on my sponsorship dollars, so I’m definitely going to be making nowhere near as much.”
Miesha Tate is one of the longest tenured women to be fighting inside the octagon, but will still only be making $5,000 because the women were only first allowed to fight for the UFC since 2013. Even then, there still aren’t many woman fights on the card. “I probably have the most fights (among the female fighters) because of Strikeforce, and I’m still only on the second tier, so I get 5000 dollars,” she exclaimed. “So I’m losing probably 90% or like 80% of what I make in sponsorships, so that hurts.”
“I think it’s a little bit unfair for Women’s Mixed Martial Arts because we’ve barely been in the UFC very long,” she said. “We don’t have the same number of fights as the guys do, because they wouldn’t let us in forever, you know?”
Tate expressed her displeasure with the fact that the payout is based on tenure with the company. Tate has been in many wars with women throughout her Strikeforce and UFC career, but men like Guida are given more opportunities to jump in fights on short notice. “The UFC has been around a long time, but Women’s MMA in the UFC has been there for a little over two years so it’s not fair,” Tate said. “There are guys like Clay Guida and Cowboy Cerrone, they’ve been fighting for the UFC for a long time so they’re going to have more fights because they’re men and they’re allowed to fight in the UFC for a long time. The women have not had the same opportunity.”
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