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Miesha Tate realizes she’s been Rich Franklin’d

Miesha Tate put on a hell of a performance on Saturday in her Fight of the Night scrap with Julie Kedzie. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite the ass stomping Tate was looking to lay out. Even with the great armbar finish, the main image coming out of that fight was Kedzie flooring her with a kick right to the face. It was a great fight regardless and something for both women to be proud of. But Miesha isn’t proud. She’s actually talking about taking a hiatus from the sport:

“Even when I was when lined up with Julie, across the cage, I was like, ‘Is this really happening right now? Am I really here? Am I really in this fight?’ I felt like I was kind of just in this twilight zone. I did not like that. It’s not how I normally feel, not how emotions really run. Normally I’m excited to be there, I’m amped and pumped, and I felt little to nothing, and I mean, she literally elbowed me and got my lip really good and I was like ‘ehh, whatever.’ She kicked me in the face, ‘ehh, whatever,’ It was not, it wasn’t a normal circumstance for me I don’t know why that is but I’m asking myself a lot of questions.”

Tate, who said she’s considering seeing a sports psychologist, figures it will take her about six months to a year to get back on the right path.

“I think I need to take a step back, relax a minute, and evaluate it,” she continued. “I need to find a way to fire myself up again and get that passion, because I know there’s so much I still want to accomplish in MMA. I absolutely want to fight Ronda Rousey twice, but at this point, you know, mentally and emotionally, I’m not right. I shouldn’t be getting into the cage if I’m not going into it wholeheartedly for this fight. It’s hard for me to admit that, but that’s the honest truth. I didn’t feel like it for this fight like I did for other fights. I don’t know how to explain that, I guess it’s something I just have to figure out at this point.”

Poor Miesha sounds like she’s suffering from Post-Rousey Stress Disorder. There’s a point in most fighters’ careers where they realize they’re not the best in the world, and that point for Miesha was March when Ronda Rousey broke her arm backwards. Can she stay motivated knowing she’ll probably be stuck in the number 2 position until Ronda pulls a Gina and leaves the sport? What does she have to look forward to other than another whupping at the hands of Rousey sometime in the distant future?

  • Letibleu

    I have to coordially disagree. To be Rich Franklined, you have to get whooped twice so that there is no question you cant beat the champion.

  • Letibleu

    is that a running gag or you were fooled by Tony?

  • TheButtStrangler

    Dana is so fucking annoying!

    I know that I am too,
    which is how I very clearly recognize my own kind!

  • glassjawsh

    at least she’s got dat ass to fall back on

    literally and figuratively

  • Letibleu

    butthorn you’re getting annoying again

  • Reverend Clint

    damn she is ugly

  • noiseless

    she’s got that broken nosed russian whore look, and i like that a lot. don’t get me wrong, she’s still pretty god damn hideous.

  • Márcio

    Her fight should have been in the main card. Strikeforce is shit.

  • frickshun

    The depth of women’s MMA reminds me of a small puddle, hours after it rained, on a sunny day.

  • matthewpolly

    Looks like Ryan has a second-career as a sports psychologist ready and waiting. Too bad, he’d only need one session. “Um, yeah, Meisha, it’s not about your daddy. You just ain’t good enough.”