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Miesha Tate’s Manager Believes Tate Deserves Equal Credit for Helping Bring Women into the UFC

February 13, 2013 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

MMA Junkie Radio spoke with fighter manager Malki Kawa who also manages former Strikeforce women’s champion, Miesha Tate. Tate was recently announced as being signed by the UFC, and she will make her Octagon debut at The Ultimate Fighter 17 finale in April facing off with Cat Zingano. Here are some highlights:

Kawa on Rousey getting all the credit for bringing women into the UFC: “If Ronda is the reason why Dana (White) decided to do the women’s division, then Ronda gets the credit for it. If it wasn’t for that Tate/Rousey beef, I don’t think we have a women’s division. So I give just as much credit to Miesha as I do Ronda.”

Kawa on Tate knowing her role in MMA: “Miesha knows her role in this business. She knows that women’s MMA is right now on Ronda’s back. It could be back on hers with one or two victories. I think she has as much a part of it as anybody.”

Kawa on where he thinks Tate stands with a win over Zingano: “If Miesha fights this one and she wins, we’ll be right back in that picture for a title shot. I think Miesha vs. Ronda is the fight everyone is looking for. I think it’s the biggest fight the UFC can make right now.

Kawa on Tate’s marketability: “When it comes to stuff outside the cage, to me, she’s just as marketable as Ronda. There’s really no difference between the two, except for the fact that right now Ronda is the champion and Miesha is not. But Miesha has got a lot of projects, and you guys are going to hear big things from Miesha.”

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