It’s become clear that Bethe Correia wants to fight Miesha Tate.
Only, Tate’s not so sure she should be fighting anybody but the champion at this point; not after she was infamously passed up for Holly Holm at UFC 193 (originally UFC 195). Tate’s gone 4-0 since her last title shot, but Correia doesn’t think it’s enough to warrant a second try for UFC gold at 135 pounds.
“I believe Miesha Tate’s fights were not that great to secure her a title shot that she asks for so much,” Correia said to Tatame (h/t Bloody Elbow). “She hasn’t knocked anybody out. I have. I want to fight her and show what I’m really capable of. I only have one loss and that is to the former champion. No wonder all girls in the UFC want to fight me.”
And so the Twitter feud between two former title challenger ensued, as a fan prompted Tate to take a fight with Correia as it would prove to be easy money for “Cupcake.”
— Bethe (@bethecorreia) November 30, 2015
@bethecorreia why don't you worry about yourself before you get knocked out in 20 seconds again.
— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) November 30, 2015
Tate is obviously referencing Correia’s most recent performance, when the Brazilian Pitbull Brothers fighter was knocked out in the first round of her matchup against former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 190 in August. To her credit, Correia was knocked out in 34 seconds, not 20.
While Tate would rather find herself standing in the blue corner of a title fight, she’d likely need to wait until after Rousey gets her rematch against Holly Holm sometime in 2016 before it happens. It would likely be well over a year on the shelf in between fights for Tate if she were granted the title shot.