According to a May 8 report from MMA Fighting, UFC bantamweight contender Miesha Tate feels Sarah Kaufman is trying to goad her into a childish feud on social media, and she's not interested in feeding into it. Tate, 27, may very well end up fighting Kaufman again sometime down the road under the UFC banner, but she's not planning to respond to the Canadian's verbal jabs on Twitter.
Kaufman, who defeated Tate in 2009 in a Strikeforce fight, recently mocked Tate on Twitter over her criticism of Gina Carano. Kaufman thinks Tate getting a title shot against Rousey is essentially the same thing as Carano getting a fight against the star judoka. Since she doesn't see much difference between the two scenarios, Kaufman decided to rip Tate for her criticism of Carano.
Tate, who is coming up on the last fight of her four-fight UFC contract, doesn't plan to respond to Kaufman on Twitter, even though doing so might get fight fans interested in seeing them brawl. Let's face it: UFC fans love fights that involve real-life feuds, and Tate vs Kaufman is just the kind of thing that can get the casual fan interested.
Some of the UFC's biggest pay-per-view cards -- Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock, Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz II, Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir, Rashad Evans vs. Quinton Jackson, Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva II and George St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz -- featured headlining fights that featured real-life rivalries. When things get personal, it makes it personal for the fans as well.
Kaufman and Tate both know that by now, but "Cupcake" appears to be focusing on securing a new contract from the UFC before sinking her teeth into the Canadian striker. Tate, who is 1-2 in the UFC, told MMAFighting.com that she feels she's due a raise from the UFC because her stock has gone up a lot since TUF 18. It's hard to argue with Tate.
Despite having just one win in the UFC, she's one of the promotion's most marketable and well-known young superstars. The UFC wants to keep Tate around for the long haul, and she would love to be back. Expect both sides to come to an agreement in the near future, and for a deal to be struck to peg Kaufman against Tate.