Bantamweight star Miesha Tate understands a certain segment of the population is opposed to the notion of women facing off inside the cage just as there are those out there against the idea of Mixed Martial Arts in general. However, one group she likely felt she could depend on for support was the collective of her fellow competitors.
As such, when UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre came forward last week to say he had a hard time watching females fight, his statement didn’t sit well with Tate as she made clear over the weekend in a blog post.
“I think the problem with GSP’s view about WMMA is that he doesn’t have one. If he hasn’t ever watched us women fight then he can’t say how he really feels about it because he’s ignorant,” wrote Tate. “Being old fashioned is fine, but us ‘modern day’ girls aren’t asking for your protection, we are asking for your acceptance and we are fighting for equality.”
“If everyone felt about MMA as GSP thinks he feels about WMMA, then he wouldn’t have a job,” she continued. “I’m hoping George St. Pierre can open his mind a little bit and actually watch some women’s fights. We’re coming to the UFC for a reason and it would be nice to have one of my all-time favorite fighter’s full support. It won’t take long for him to realize we aren’t these fragile little creatures when we enter the cage – we are warriors and every bit as deserving of respect as the men.”
Tate is expected to join Ronda Rousey and other 135-pound stand-outs on the UFC’s roster in 2013 when the organization welcomes women to the Octagon for the first time in its history.
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