MEXICO CITY — Miesha Tate has a big fight coming up in the UFC women’s bantamweight division. But she’s keeping her options open — way open.
Tate said Friday before UFC 180 weigh-ins here at Arenda Ciudad de Mexico that she would be interested in taking on Ultimate Fighter contestants Felice Herrig and Angela Magana at a catchweight. Tate said she would even be willing to cut down to 125 pounds for those fights.
"Oh yeah," Tate said. "Please. That would be great."
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Tate and Herrig have gone back and forth on Twitter recently. Herrig and Magana each have an ongoing feud with Tate’s good friend and training partner Heather Jo Clark, another TUF castmate. The beef between Herrig and Clark started years ago. And the Magana-Clark rivalry has been featured prominently on this season of the reality show.
Tate said she would actually be more interested in fighting Magana than Herrig.
"I don’t know if [Herrig is] necessarily a bad person," Tate said. "She’s just kind of annoying, because she’s really dramatic sometimes and it just kind of rubs me the wrong way. Angela, on the other hand, is a complete moron and she’s very hypocritical and she’s rude and she’s a bully and I can’t stand her."
Magana has been on quite the Twitter tirade over the last day, ripping mostly Clark and her fans, who she has dubbed "chumpettes." Magana and fellow TUF cast members Rose Namajunas, Bec Rawlings and Angela Hill call themselves the "Skrapettes" since they train with Gilbert Melendez and his Skrap Pack team.
Tate (15-5) said she is actually a natural 125-pounder and only fights at 135, because the lone UFC women’s divisions are 135 and 115 right now. The former UFC women’s bantamweight No. 1 contender and Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion is hoping that changes.
"[UFC matchmaker] Sean Shelby, are you hearing this?" Tate said. "125!"
Herrig responded on Twitter, telling Tate to come "all the way down" to her 115-pound weight class. Magana called Tate "overrated."
Of course, Tate has her hands full right now with Sara McMann. The two will meet at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas. Tate is ranked No. 2 among women’s bantamweight contenders and McMann is No. 3. Tate really wanted to face Bethe Correia in this bout, but she said Correia turned it down due to an injury.
"I’m hoping that when she heals, we can fight," Tate said. "So I’ll be her next fight."