Miesha Tate: Kim Winslow is literally ruining people’s lives
Refereeing in professional sports is generally a thankless job. Doing your job right usually results in nothing, but screw up and everyone is on your case. It is of coure the job of the referee to competently control the action of the fight and make proper judgement calls on fighter safety, something that Miesha Tate believes Kim Winslow does not do:
“There’s no way in hell I’d let Kim Winslow referee another fight of mine. I think she’s horrible. I was so pissed when she stopped the fight. The first thing I did was look up at her and say, ‘Why did you stop the fight?’ And [Winslow] goes, ‘Because your face is a mess.’ I’m like, seriously? That’s why you stopped the fight? Your face is a mess and they still let you work. That’s what I felt like saying to her. I was like, are you serious right now? Did you not realize that we were coming in here to fight each other? You don’t base it off how much someone’s bleeding, you base it off whether or not they’re cognitive and they’re still trying.
She was like a yippy Chihuahua the whole time that I was on the bottom. ‘Miesha, you gotta do something, you gotta move.’ I’m like, ‘Why? She’s not doing anything to me, she’s in my half-guard. Nobody finishes fights in half-guard.’ But the referee, I thought she was going to stop it. She was over-coaching, over-refereeing. It’s something that is very frustrating when you have other people who have never fought a day in their life, like Kim. She doesn’t do anything. I don’t think she deserves to be a referee. And if she is, she should go to the amateur levels where it doesn’t matter as much, and there’s not as much on the line, because she’s literally ruining people’s lives.”