Former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate still has a bone to pick with referee Kim Winslow's stoppage in her thrilling matchup with Cat Zingano last week.
"Cupcake" wrote on her Facebook fan page early Monday morning to vent about suffering a TKO in the third round after controlling the majority of the first two rounds:
"Post fight pic taken Monday, you all are wondering about my nose, its fine still a little swollen but im going to get the suspension lifted ASAP, and I will be back! Cant help my nose bleeds a lot still frustrated at the stoppage, think the ref freaked because of blood when she should have been focusing on the fact that I was still perfectly coherent and shooting for a takedown after two solid knees landed I was still in the fight and up on the score cards. Can't pay enogh respect to Cat she's a warrior & I'd love the honor of fighting her in the future again but NOT with Kim Winslow as the ref" Tate made a similar argument at "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 17 Finale post-fight press conference, indicating that she didn't feel "for one second" that the fight should've been stopped (via the UFC).
The loss is undeniably a heartbreaker for Tate, who missed out on an opportunity to coach TUF opposite her rival, UFC women's champ Ronda Rousey, as well as fight a rematch with "Rowdy" at the season's conclusion.
Tate, who entered the match up with Zingano winning seven of her past eight bouts, has also now lost two of her past three fights.
Speaking with MMA Junkie on Monday, UFC President Dana White stated that although he is no fan of Winslow himself, he had no issue with her stoppage in the Tate-Zingano fight.
With the victory, Zingano improved to 8-0 and will likely fight Rousey for the belt at the end of the year.