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Morning Report: Miesha Tate says UFC's plans could have her contemplating retirement

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

"This was another day in the office to them, but to me it's like, 'You just ruined my life,' and I feel like they need to understand that a little."

It sure doesn't sound like Miesha Tate has moved on from losing out on her ill-fated third title shot at UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Speaking with ESPN's Brett Okamoto, Tate says her unwanted status as a gatekeeper has her questioning her future.

"[UFC president] Dana White will say I'm one fight away, and then in his next interview, he'll say I'm a couple fights away," Tate said. "I keep seeing different headlines come out, and I don't know what to think.

"I fear that they want me to fight all the other top girls, and the connotation is that if they beat me, they get a title, but if I beat them, it's 'bring on the next one.' Essentially, I feel like they have deemed me as a gatekeeper, and that's fine for a while because I put myself there. I won and lost those fights. But there has to be some light at the end of that tunnel. If there's not, what is my future in this sport?"

After Rousey announced on 'Good Morning America' that she would be fighting Holly Holm next, Tate was offered a fight with No. 3 ranked Amanda NunesDespite being goaded by the Brazilian, Tate says she turned it down.

"It's a very fine line," Tate said. "All I can say is I don't want it to go in that direction, but anything is a possibility. If it's clear there's no way for me to get a title shot as long as Ronda has the belt, then I don't know. I suppose I have to look at my options. And that's not saying I will retire, but it's something I'd have to think about."

"A company woman," even Tate admits she has her limits.

"I make myself as available as possible. But there comes a point when I cannot sacrifice what I believe in my heart to be right.

"I'm not saying the UFC is trying to bully me, but if they really want something and they get it in their head, that's all they want, and for me it's not that simple. When I don't feel right about something or if my heart's not into it, I'm not going to do it."

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