Miesha Tate wasn’t initially interested in going to the hospital after UFC 205.
Following an upset loss to Raquel Pennington, the former women’s bantamweight champion promptly announced her retirement from the sport, noting that “it’s the future’s time,” likely referring to her opponent, who she coached on The Ultimate Fighter 18.
Tate got into a verbal argument with Dana White after the bout, according to the UFC president, because she didn’t want to go to the hospital — something she was essentially required to do — despite suffering quite a bit of damage on the feet.
“Her and I had a little bit of a thing tonight,” White said at the UFC 205 post-fight press conference. “She was refusing to go the the hospital, and I’m like, ‘You’re going to the hospital.’ She’s like, ‘F-ck you, I don’t work for you anymore.’ I was like, ‘That’s a good point. But you need to go to the hospital.’
“I had to start begging: ‘If you go to the hospital tonight, I’ll get you another job doing something else, and I’ll be your boss again.’”
White did confirm, however, that Tate did eventually give in and take a trip to the hospital.
“She went,” he said. “She had to go.”
Tate’s boyfriend, UFC bantamweight contender Bryan Caraway, explained Sunday why Tate initially refused to go to the hospital.
“Because she wasn’t hurt,” Caraway told BloodyElbow.com. “She didn’t want to waste the rest of a horrible night in the hospital.”
UFC 205 took place live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, Nov. 12. In the main event, featherweight champ Conor McGregor captured lightweight gold with a knockout of Eddie Alvarez.
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