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TUF 17 Finale: Miesha Tate Believes Stoppage Loss Was Early

Gary A. Vasquez - USA TODAY Sports

Gary A. Vasquez – USA TODAY Sports

Former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is unhappy with how her TUF 17 Finale fight with Cat Zingano ended. Tate believes that referee Kim Winslow stopped the bout too early. “Cupcake” voiced her frustration at the post-fight press conference.

Said Tate:

“I’m pissed to say the least. I’m definitely not happy. I mean, f—, I still feel like I was in the fight. I don’t for one second feel like it should have been stopped.”

Tate, who was leading on two judge’s scorecards entering the third, was crushed by multiple knees and a brutal elbow that sent her into an awkward takedown attempt/fall. Winslow quickly called a stop to the bout when Tate dropped to the canvas with Zingano looking to pour it on.

Adding to her frustration, was that some believed Tate was hit by an illegal knee. Tate admitted that while she has not seen the footage yet, people had told her the knee may have been illegal.

“I didn’t consciously think it was illegal, but someone sent me a picture and was like, ‘The first knee, you were on your hands and knees, and you were going to get up. She kneed you on the way up, but your hand was still clearly on the ground,'” Tate said. “And they sent me a picture, and I was like, ‘Oh, I guess that’s a valid point.'”

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