Miesha Tate Fires Back at Sarah Kaufman Calling Her a Coward

February 11, 2015

Second-ranked UFC women’s bantamweight Miesha Tate is most famous for her rivalry with champion Ronda Rousey, but she has a new adversary in fourth-ranked Sarah Kaufman.

Kaufman defeated Tate in 2009 in the defunct Strikeforce promotion and has recently turned up the heat in lining up a rematch in the UFC. In a recent interview with Fox Sports, Kaufman called Tate a “coward” and accused “Cupcake” of ducking her. On Feb. 5, Kaufman posted a video on Instagram of her smashing her fist through a cupcake and saying, “don’t be scared.”

Don’t be scared, Cupcake. @mieshatate @ufc @seanshelby

A video posted by Sarah Kaufman (@sarahkaufmanmma) on

Tate responded to Kaufman on Wednesday by posting an image of a CT scan on Intagram and insinuated that Kaufman was irrelevant. “I wasn’t going to bother posting the CT Scan picture of the break in my orbital bone BUT since Kaufman referred to me as a coward and said I turned down the fight with her repeatedly, I figured I would post the proof. I have not been offered a fight at all because I am on injury suspension. I have always stepped up, never backed down from a fight. I don’t think anyone can argue that I am a coward,” she wrote. “I am not cleared to fight (or train) yet but trying to heal as quickly as possible. I want to fight Bethe Correia (the undefeated, tough, relevant fighter) when I’m healed up but that sure as HELL doesn’t make me scared of Kaufman.”

Tate last fought on Jan. 31, defeating Sara McMann by unanimous decision. She suffered a broken orbital during the contest and was medically suspended for six months unless she is cleared by a doctor. Correia is currently ranked seventh in the women’s 135-pound division.

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