Meisha Tate is coming off a razor thin decision win over Liz Carmouche at UFC on Fox 11 on April 9th. Thursday, she was in New York City doing a public awareness campaign for “Protect Yourself”, a campaign that spreads the word on the importance of HIV testing. After the event, she spoke to MMAFighting talking about wanting a new contract before her next fight and wanting to get paid more.
Tate is coming up on her last fight of her four-fight contract and she has gone 1-2 in her first year with the UFC. I understand that she wants to have a deal done by the time that she steps in the octagon again, most fighters want that security, but to publicly talking about getting more money is absolutely ridiculous to me. She needs to worry about just getting re-signed with the record she has posted.
Fighters like Gilbert Melendez and Roy Nelson recently made news by demanding more money on their new UFC contract. But those guys had a track record of having exciting fights. Melendez was coming off the 2013 “fight of the year” and Nelson, although on a two-fight skid, had six knockouts in the UFC under his massive belt. These guys had leverage with their prior performances but also they had other options like Bellator. Melendez actually went as far as agreeing to terms on a multi-year, multi-fight deal with Bellator that the UFC eventually matched.
Unfortunately for Tate, there aren’t very many options out there for women’s bantamweights. I’m sure whatever the UFC offers her, it would be better than what Invicta FC could offer her. As far as her recent performances, I don’t think that would give her much leverage.
In her first appearance in the Octagon in April 2013, she was brutally TKO’d by Cat Zingano with vicious knees. With help of the dreaded injury bug, Tate was able to follow that fight up with a title shot against Ronda Rousey when Zingano was injured in preparation for her title fight. Tate gained some popularity by coaching along side Rousey on The Ultimate Fighter but proceeded to get thrown around like a rag doll in her fight with “Rowdy” Ronda before getting submitted by armbar…again.
With an 0-2 record going into her recent bout with Carmouche, everyone was indicating this was a must-win for Meisha. She looked less than impressive but pulled off the win.
The only thing that Tate has going for her is that the Bantamweight division is not that deep and she is still a household name as far as the women’s division goes. Tate needs to put on an impressive performance in her next fight, whenever that may be. More importantly, she needs to realize that she is in no position to ask for more money because in reality, her stock is lower now than it was before her first fight in the UFC.