(Gareth A Davies def Miesha Tate via superior hair volume and conditioning)
Dana White told us that Liz Carmouche would be Ronda Rousey’s first opponent in the Octagon because she had the metaphorical stones to ask for the fight. As for why it’s her and not a more accomplished WMMA fighter like say Marloes Coenen, Miesha Tate, or Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann? Those girls didn’t want the fight! Or did they? Miesha Tate reacted strongly to the idea that she turned it down:
“I don’t usually talk like this, but I call bullshit. It’s absolutely bullshit. I was never offered the fight. So whether Ronda is misinformed or she’s going on another one of her tangents to get publicity, it’s absolutely not the truth. I was never offered the fight and you have to be absolutely crazy to think I would ever turn down the opportunity to be the first women’s MMA fight in the UFC and for a rematch with Ronda at the same time.”
“I had made it clear that I wanted to take some time off after my last win over Julie Kedzie, but that doesn’t mean you don’t make an exception to the rule when something like that is presented. Clearly when I made those statements, that was before women were coming to the UFC for sure. That was before it be would an opportunity to headline. That was before it would an opportunity to make history. If they would have said, ‘Hey, you want to fight Ronda in the UFC? You want to headline a UFC card for the first fight in history for women?’ I would have been like, hell yeah. But it wasn’t offered to me.”
While it’s never fun getting thrown under the bus like that, Miesha can take solace in the fact that she’s got a guaranteed big money fight against Ronda down the road – hell, maybe even a TUF coaching gig if Cris Cyborg isn’t into the reality TV thing. As for Sara McMann:
Yeah well, that’s what you get for being all over the web saying you’d want a ‘proper build-up to a fight like that.’ As for how well organized and meticulously planned having Carmouche as Ronda’s first opponent was…
“I got a call from Dana about an hour before the they made the announcement,” Carmouche said. “It was the first time I’ve ever talked to Dana. It came together that quick.”
It’s nice to hear so much thought was put into the first women’s match-up in UFC history.