After everyone asked UFC President Dana White why he couldn’t put together a fight between Ronda Rousey and Cristiane Santos, fans next question was ‘Why Lizz Carmouche?’ White’s response was that they had a hard time getting women to accept a fight with the newly crowned champion saying, “Girls aren’t exactly beating down the door to fight Rousey right now.”
First it was former Olympian Sarah McMann who said she was never approached about a UFC 157 fight with Rousey, and now former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (10-3) is saying she didn’t get a call either.
Tate told MMAFighting:
Absolutely not. I was never presented with that. I had made it clear that I wanted to take some time off after my last win…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.
PHOTO CREDIT: Miesha Tate