Boyfriend and head coach of Miesha Tate, UFC men’s bantamweight contender Bryan Caraway, accepted some of the blame for the women’s bantamweight title changing hands, again, at UFC 200.
Amanda Nunes defeated Tate to end her five-fight win streak and will now land in a mega-main event with former division kingpin and arguably the premier UFC star, Ronda Rousey. The only fighter to have faced the other three champions in this parity-fueled run at 135 pounds over the past year, Tate evidently saw a poor fight week follow a quality training camp.
“She worked so hard for such a long time to get there. The camp was good. Everything was really good leading up to the week of the fight,” Caraway said, via John Morgan of MMA Junkie. “… I think because it was so good, I felt almost a little lackadaisical to take some credit on my part, definitely on my shoulders, and I don’t think I was there like I should have been. I was probably overconfident.
“Some stuff fell apart the week of the fight a little bit, and it was kind of rough. When you’re fighting for the UFC world title or the No. 1 spot in any particular sport, you can’t be on your A game. You have to be on your A+ game. You have to give 100 percent. You can’t have a bad day.”
Beaten via rear-naked choke after a series of strikes from Nunes, Tate (18-6, 5-3 UFC) indeed encountered a rough night. The 30-year-old, whom USA Today ranks No. 3 at bantamweight behind Nunes and Rousey, won the belt from Holly Holm earlier this year. She will face Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 next month in an attempt to bounce back.