UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is set to defend her title this weekend at UFC 200. With Tate’s title defense just around the corner, she has been making the rounds in the media tour promoting her fight against Amanda Nunes.
During her long media sessions, Tate has been asked about a wide range of topics but one that really stuck out was her response to a question about a potential women’s flyweight matchup.
Last month, the UFC scheduled a women’s flyweight bout between Joanne Calderwood and Valerie Letourneau.
It was an action-packed, exciting fight and now there are many fans and media members who would like to see a full-time division. You can now add Tate to the list of women’s flyweight supporters.
“I think it would be great and especially since they’ve introduced the IV ban. There’s a lot of 115-pound girls that were struggling to make that before and it’s just not healthy on the body,” Tate said, via FOX Sports. “I think the IV ban got implemented from other sports that don’t involve cutting weight and when you talk about fighters dehydrating themselves to the point where if they went to a hospital right before a weigh-in, the doctors would freak out and say you’re severely dehydrated.
“To ask the girls to cut that much more weight and take away the IVs, potentially it’s harmful.”
Interestingly enough, Tate is one of the women many have tabbed as a potential fit for 125-pounds. Of course, with the way she has found success at 135 and the fact that she’s currently champion, it’s unlikely that Tate would be switching divisions anytime soon.
But if a women’s flyweight division does come to fruition, we could see a growing number of women flocking to that position looking for their shot at UFC gold.
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