Tate has some advice for McGregor.
He has done amazing things for our sport and he’s a huge piece in all of this, he really is. He’s a star. He’s a great fighter, he’s a great talker, he’s hilarious, he sells cards well. Nobody can refute that. But when you say, ‘someone deserves a break or special treatment,’ I don’t disagree with that. My point is he already gets that. A lot. They wanted to fly him out three months before UFC 200 in a private jet where he could have up to twenty people come with him. No one else gets that. Nobody else. That is preferential treatment. That is special. The UFC has gone above and beyond to accommodate him and you’ve got to think about this too: how did Conor McGregor become Conor McGregor? If there was no UFC you wouldn’t know who he was. It’s been a mutual effort on both their parts. The UFC has spent a tremendous amount of money promoting Conor McGregor and he’s made a lot of money — for himself and for them — but it’s teamwork. They’re both working hard to create something great and it has been great but don’t change now Conor. Stay the course. This is what you’ve been doing this is what got you here. Don’t get big headed and now think that you’re above it because I think that’s the downfall…Maybe there will never be another Conor McGregor like him, but there will be more stars to come.
Tate says she is frustrated that she had to take over promotional responsibilities that McGregor was supposed to do..
Let me get this straight — I am a fan of Conor McGregor. I think he has an awesome fighting style and he markets himself so uniquely, you can’t discredit that. He does a phenomenal job, everyone loves to watch him fight and that’s myself included. But I think that Dana is 100-percent right in saying if you’re not going to show up to do your part of the job, then there’s going to be consequences. We had to pick up some pieces the day that we had to film the commercial, which Dana White told me they spent like $10 million marketing this card. The day that the commercial was supposed to be filmed, it was supposed to be that myself, Amanda (Nunes), Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo had to film two segments for this commercial and the main event had to film two segments plus one more segment, which is the highlight of the commercial. Well because the main event didn’t show up, they literally begged me to come back and it’s like, ‘Can you please come back later today and film this third segment? I filmed the third one but it caused me to miss my practice and I had to switch everything around. If you were in my shoes and you had to miss your practice to pick up something that Conor didn’t give any notice on and he wasn’t going to be there and they’re asking you to fill in the blank when it was his job and his responsibility and his contract to do it, I mean yeah am I allowed to be a little bit frustrated? I think so.
Tate speaks about the fight with Rim Nakai, the first high-profile female fight in Japan:
I think Japan has a great history of fighters and their pride in their fights and its a big part of their culture.
Tate accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge and makes it from her house.
I did this Challenge after being nominated, should have picked another angle so the sun wasn’t in my eyes but hey it’s for a good cause!