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Rauno 07-28-2012 09:37 AM

Miesha Tate takes to Twitter to ask for sponsorships

The life of a professional fighter isn’t easy. Sure, the Anderson Silvas of the world make the long dough and have major sponsorships like Burger King coming out of their asses. But most fighters struggle just like the rest of us, and double down on that for women fighters.

Former Strikeforce bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate knows a thing or two about struggle. In 2011 she fought only once. This year, she’ll fight twice. In March, when she lost to Ronda Rousey, she earned only $19,000…as the champion. Of course that figure is strictly for her contracted salary. There may very well be other monetary incentives tucked into her deal, but considering its Strikeforce we’re talking about here, those incentives are probably nothing better than a 2 for 1 at the local Waffle House.

Certainly Tate earns money doing other things. She’s a hot chick, and a hot chick should never want for work, as is decreed in the Bible. She’s done magazine spreads, seminars, autograph signings, etc. But her bread and butter – fighting – just isn’t paying. And fighting for an organization that everyone knows is a sinking ship just isn’t attracting the sponsors. Tate recently took to Twitter in a plea for someone who owns something to throw some ends her way.

“Hey if any1 wants to potentially sponsor me for my upcoming bout Aug 18th hit up @BryanCaraway pls.”

To my ignorant ass, it’s incomprehensible how everyone doesn’t want to have their name plastered across her marvelous body – return on the investment be damned, but that is why I will always be rather average.

Here’s to hoping someone answers the call for help. Women fighters don’t get nearly the respect they deserve. They’re professionals, not to be objectified by misogynistic pigs. But if no one answers that call, I hear nude mud wrestling pays some righteous bucks.

Canadian Psycho 08-10-2012 09:22 PM

Tate is cool. Caraway not so much. Drop the douche, and sponsors will come.

kantowrestler 08-17-2012 11:20 PM

How are brands like Affliction, Tapout, Clinchgear, and Punishment not giving this girl money to wear their name?

Life B Ez 08-18-2012 12:16 AM


Originally Posted by kantowrestler (Post 1616697)
How are brands like Affliction, Tapout, Clinchgear, and Punishment not giving this girl money to wear their name?

Because to most people she's that chick that got her arm snapped by that pretty blonde girl.

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Toxic 08-18-2012 01:48 AM

Sad state of affairs for womens mma when the former champion can't get sponsorhip for her comeback fight. Its a clear sign though that Womens MMA hasn't came nearly as far as the promos for Rhonda Rousey fights would have you believe.

No_Mercy 08-18-2012 09:51 PM

At this rate it'll probably take another five years before you see female fighters crack over six figure fight purses w/o factoring sponsors and not just the champ.

Here's an old record I dug up.

"Rowdy" Ronda Rousey made $32,000 ($15K show + $17K win bonus) for 4:27 submission win.

Miesha "Takedown" Tate made $19,000 for 4:27 submission win.

Sarah Kaufman made $25,000 ($15K show + $10K win bonus) for 15:00 majority decision win.

Alexis Davis made $4,000 for 15:00 majority decision loss.

Toxic 08-18-2012 11:49 PM

There is always the chance that Zuffa could offer Rhonda 50 and 50 to move up and fight Cyborg. I think its realistic at his stage.

Canadian Psycho 08-19-2012 12:04 AM

She looked a cutie eating that cupcake. I'll throw her a couple of bucks.

kantowrestler 08-19-2012 01:36 AM

So you think she should go into food porn?

Rauno 08-19-2012 11:51 AM


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