Miesha Tate tears into Bellator for treatment of Zoila Gurgel

This Friday night Bellator champion Zoila Gurgel will take to the cage for the first time in eighteen months after suffering a slew of injuries including a torn ACL. Were that not a big enough moment in itself, the bout will also take place in the State she calls home and involves a larger opponent.

However, rather than capitalize on the plethora of promotable storylines, Bellator has instead opted to relegate Gurgel’s return to non-televised status on the preliminary portion of the card. The decision to do so hasn’t sat well with fans with the same also being true of former Strikeforce title-holder Miesha Tate.

Tate went on Twitter over the weekend to voice her opinion on the matter, addressing Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney directly in a message stating, “I cannot believe you would allow your champion to be placed on the UN-televised undercard in her hometown. A champion is a champion regardless if she is fighting up a weight. You use her image to promote the posters and then put her on the undercard?! Blows my mind.”

The outspoken 26-year old, who also happens to be the only person to ever beat the 11-1 Gurgel, also labeled the move as “absurd” and wondered, “Would they have done the same to a male champ?”

In conclusion, Tate made her dislike of Bellator’s approach as clear as could be, adding she would rather retire than ever sign a deal to compete under the company’s banner.

Neither Bellator or Rebney have issued an official response to Tate’s comments as of this report. Gurgel’s fight with Casey Noland at Bellator 78 can still be caught on the promotion’s live stream through Spike.com starting at 7:00 PM EST.

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE/BELLATOR

4 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    Not usually a fan of Tate but that was noble to defend a fellow fighter and WMMA as a whole.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Gotta say I agree with Tate here. I can’t think of a single other instance of a champ being put on an untelevised undercard. It makes no sense, especially if they’re putting her on the promotional poster. Come on Bellator, you’re better than that.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I dont know of any reason to disagree with Tate here, the only thing I can think of is to acually take some pressure OFF of Zoila, she now doesnt have to worry about defending her belt OR being on the live portion of the card so if she preforms poorly as a lot of fighters do when coming off a huge layoff let alone a huge injury plagued layoff it will not affect the championship as much as if Bellator puts her front and center on the live TV portion of the card. I am not saying what they did is right but maybe they did it to try and take some of the pressure off of Zoila.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    It’s the same thing Coker and Strikeforce did with the 135 Womens Division until Kaufman started bitching at him to put them on TV. WMMA is still being considered as inferior and weaker, when really they’ve been turning it up a lot and putting on some better shows then the men.

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