Usually, when a fighter decides it’s time to call it a career, he or she is met with praise for bravely acknowledging the fight within them is no longer there.
Bethe Correia, however, is not applauding Miesha Tate’s decision to walk away from the fight game following her loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 (see it); instead, she blasting "Cupcake" for showing weakness.
"She showed she’s bipolar because when the UFC didn’t want her fighting for the belt, she wanted to retire. She lost to Raquel and got herself in a bad phase, lost to Amanda, and announced her retirement," Correia said during a Q&A session in Brazil courtesy of MMA Fighting. "When you’re not going the way you want and you run away from it, that shows weakness."
Drawing from her own setbacks "Pitbull" says she was motivated to get better, not give up.
"I’ve been through a lot of tough moments in the UFC and never wanted to retire. Quite the opposite. My fight against Ronda left a damage here, and I want to fight more, win more, to have experience, in order to have Rousey vs. Correia 2, maybe here in Sao Paulo, so it can be very different, and leave with my head up."
Of course, the criticism for Tate isn’t surprising, as the two talented ladies have had quite a bitter rivalry, though they never actually got the chance to settle it inside the cage.
"My history with Miesha Tate is very old," Correia said. "First, she called me out as an athlete on social media, and also said a lot of bad things about my personal life, demoralized me as an athlete, and I wanted to fight her, but our paths went different directions.
"I wanted to fight her again, but at that moment she… I even said I’d fight her for free, in any card, in her backyard, really, because I still have the things she said about me stuck in my throat, especially about my loss to Ronda. She said some bad things, but in the end I saw that her attitude, announcing her retirement, that I’m way above her."
Tate recently stated that though she won’t be fighting in MMA, her combat career isn’t exactly coming to an end, as she fully intends to take part in as many grappling tournaments as possible.
Her first attempt will come against Jessica Eye, as the two will co-headline Submission Underground on Dec. 11. 2016.
For ore on that upcoming event -- which will be headlined by Jon Jones taking on Dan Henderson — click here.