Miesha Tate Hopes to Showcase Women’s MMA to Dana White

Miesha Tate Hopes to Showcase Women’s MMA to Dana White

After nearly a one-year layoff between fights due to a knee injury, Miesha Tate has enough to concern herself with simply waiting across the cage from her when she returns. But while Tate’s primary focus is defeating Marloes Coenen and capturing the Strikeforce women’s welterweight championship at the upcoming Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson card, she also has an ulterior motive.
Tate, a 24-year-old who is among the best-known female fighters in the world, wants to ensure that she has a big stage on which to ply her trade in the future. While Zuffa co-owner Dana White has voiced doubts about the long-term viability of women’s MMA in the past, Tate hopes that her upcoming bout with Coenen can convince him otherwise.
"I feel it’s exciting because now, I’m going to have that opportunity to say, ‘Hey Dana, this is what women’s MMA is all about. This is what you’ve been missing out in the UFC,’" she said. "I just hope Marloes and myself go out there and put on a very impressive performance."
Tate and Coenen will have every chance to do so, as their fight is billed as the co-main event of the July 30 show, which emanates from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and will be televised on Showtime.
Prior to Zuffa’s purchase of Strikeforce, Tate (11-2) once called White’s view of women’s MMA "ignorant," but she explained during a Thursday conference call that she meant that in the literal sense of being unaware of it, rather than as an insult.

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