Miesha Tate has been very unhappy about how her bout with Cat Zingano at the TUF 17 Finale ended on April 13, and she has been vocal about criticizing referee Kim Winslow for what she believes to have been an early stoppage.
Of course, Winslow wasn’t about to sit back and take public criticism for just doing her job, so she has responded to Tate’s complaints and comments.
“I will tell you what I tell all my fighters in the pre-fight one-on-ones,” Winslow said, via US Combat Sports. “If I say, ‘Fight back, you are in imminent danger of me stopping your fight and you have to give me a reason not to,’ if you respond to the command and show that you can intelligently defend yourself I will let it continue whether or not your attempts are successful.
“It is on you to continue to try until you are out of danger or the round has ended. When you stop attempting to get out of the situation or just go back to what got you warned in the first place, it’s your way of letting me know you have had enough and I am coming in to stop it. How much time I give you is always dependent on the amount of damage you are taking. Safety is the first priority and it’s my job to make sure you come back to fight another day if you choose to.’”
To be fair to Winslow, UFC president Dana White stands behind Winslow’s decision — which is a very rare occurrence.
As for Winslow’s point, if she truly believes she was putting the Tate’s health first, then she made the right decision. After all, it is much better to stop a fight earlier rather than later.