Miesha Tate Slams Bellator for Gurgel Snub
When she returned in August, Zoila “The Warrior Princess” Gurgel was promoted by Bellator as their top female fighter and announced that she would be fighting this Friday at their Bellator 78 card. It turns out, though, that she won’t even be fighting on the MTV2 televised main card. This ruffled lots of feathers in the women’s MMA landscape, perhaps none more so than outspoken fighter Miesha Tate. She held nothing back criticizing Bellator and it’s CEO Bjorn Rebney:
“I cannot believe [Bellator] would allow [its] 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, u use her image to promote the posters & then put her on the undercard?! Blows my mind. This is the 2nd time too you have done this I tell you what I would rather never fight MMA again then fight for u under @BellatorMMA banner…. The amount of disrespect you have given @ZoilaGurgel is disgusting.”
Most speculate that this is a punishment for Gurgel who was very vocal about Rebney “throwing her under the bus” after sustaining a knee injury earlier in the year.
Rebney responded in a letter to MMA Fighting:
“Zoila’s been plagued by injury after injury over the last 19 months, having not fought since March, 2011. We felt that the best road back for her did not include rushing her into a major fight against one of the top-ranked women in the world.”
“This is not a world title fight as it’s made significantly north of the 115 weight limit where she holds our title. Depending on how Zoila feels and performs on Friday, we can then determine the next appropriate step back.”
To watch Gurgel’s fights, log onto Spike.com to view the preliminaries. If the main card bouts end early, there is a chance that her fight will air as a replay on MTV2.
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