If former Strikeforce featherweight Gina Carano plans on making her long-awaited return to the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), she had better be prepared to start working her way up the division ladder.
That's according to former bantamweight number one contender Miesha Tate, who told FOX Sports that she was a bit miffed at all the talk about "Conviction" getting an immediate title shot, considering she hasn't seen the inside of a cage for nearly five years.
And happens to be coming off a loss to Cris Cyborg.
"There's no way. I think there's no way that would be fair or right. I don't think anybody in their right mind would say that would be fair. I would love the opportunity to fight Gina. If she's gonna make a comeback, I think anybody that wants to get to Ronda, I think that they should have to go through me or Liz [Carmouche] or somebody that's proven themselves as giving Ronda a pretty tough go."
Tate fights Carmouche on April 19 in Orlando for a spot in the 135-pound pecking order (details).
Unfortunately for "Cupcake," championship fights are not always granted on merit (she should know), especially when the promotion has the opportunity to do beaucoup bucks at the box office. Both Nick Diaz and Chael Sonnen were awarded title shots coming off losses in 2013.
In addition, both UFC President Dana White and bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey have rubber stamped a title shot for Carano, who like "Rowdy," has capitalized on her fighting fame in Hollywood. Fair fight? Probably not. But it's one that sells.
And people who can't sell fights are no longer needed.