Former Strikeforce women’s champion Miesha Tate has unleashed a blistering attack on Georges St. Pierre over comments he made regarding women in MMA. There’s only one problem: Tate is completely full of it. FanSided’s Elton Hobson asks whether Tate’s straw man argument is helping or hurting the cause of women’s MMA.
It seems everybody is calling out Georges St. Pierre these days.
Fresh off his exciting title defense against Carlos Condit this past weekend, GSP’s name has been on everyone’s lips. Johny Hendricks is calling him out from behind the manliest beard in MMA. Anderson Silva is calling him out, while trying hard to avoid making eye contact with Jon Jones.
Now we can add Miesha Tate’s name to that list.
Tate, the former Strikeforce 135-pound women’s champion, took to her blog and her facebook page to bash the affable Canadian. In a rambling and at times vitriolic rant, Tate took St. Pierre to task for comments he made at the UFC 154 open workouts regarding women in MMA, which he claimed was not exactly his cup of tea.
So it turns out GSP is a woman-hating misogynist and if he had his way, there would be no women competing in MMA.
That’s the headline, anyways. Unfortunately, it’s complete bullocks. And in trying to get her name in a headline next to St. Pierre’s, Tate has constructed a ridiculous straw man argument and done the cause of women’s MMA a real disservice.
First, let’s take a look at Tate’s comments, which she posted on her blog:
“Being old fashioned is fine, but us “modern day” girls aren’t asking for your protection, we are asking for your acceptance and we are fighting for equality.
If everyone felt about MMA as GSP thinks he feels about WMMA, then he wouldn’t have a job.
I’m hoping George St. Pierre can open his mind a little bit and actually watch some women’s fights. We’re coming to the UFC for a reason and it would be nice to have one of my all-time favorite fighter’s full support.
It won’t take long for him to realize we aren’t these fragile little creatures when we enter the cage, we are warriors and every bit as deserving of respect as the men.”
Ouch. That’s some serious mud-slinging right there. Unfortunately for Tate, female fighters, and the intelligence of MMA fans everywhere, it had absolutely nothing to do with what St. Pierre actually said.
When this story is mentioned on other sports websites, they often only take one snippet of GSP’s overall comments on women’s MMA. And even that little tidbit is casual and non-committal in the extreme. But still, for the sake of journalistic integrity and fairness, here’s a more complete version of what GSP said when asked at the open workouts about women in MMA:
“It’s good for (women in MMA). I’m happy for the girls that fight, but me personally, I have a hard time watching the girls fight.
It’s the way I grew up, maybe the mentality is different. I’m old school. I have a hard time watching girls fighting, it’s hard for me. I never really watched a woman fight, but I know they are pretty good. I know Ronda Rousey is very good.
It’s hard to watch the girls fighting, even though it’s a form of contact sport. It’s good for the women and [so they can make] a career.”
Yeah, that definitely sounds like he doesn’t want women competing in MMA to me. Like that part where he says he’s happy for the girls that fight, where he compliments their skills repeatedly, and where he says he’s glad they can make a career in the sport.
What a misogynist.
This whole thing is silly and ridiculous in the extreme, and really sets back the cause of women in MMA which had, in the last few weeks, really been rolling along. Ronda Rousey is coming to the UFC – so, too, in Miesha Tate, for that matter, so clearly GSP’s personal preferences haven’t held her back too badly.
MMA is still, despite it’s incredible growth, fighting for legitimacy in some circles. Women’s MMA, doubly so. And with women set to make their UFC debut sometime in 2013, now more than ever we need serious, focused athletes and not hysterical mud-slinging.
There are far, far more deserving targets of Tate’s wrath that Georges St. Pierre, who tripped all over himself to clarify that he’s totally for women in MMA, it’s just not for him. By attacking him, Tate seriously damaged her credibility as a crusader for women’s MMA.