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Miesha Tate 'sure as hell' not scared of Sarah Kaufman

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Sarah Kaufman and Miesha Tate won't be fighting next. But these sure are some fighting words.

Kaufman called Tate a "coward" in an interview with FOX Sports this week, because Tate initially called her out and then allegedly backed down when Kaufman took to social media. Tate responded in an Instagram post Wednesday, saying she is medically suspended due to a broken orbital bone she sustained in a fight with Sara McMann at UFC 183 last month.

"I want to fight Bethe Correia (the undefeated, tough, relevent fighter) when Im healed up but that sure as HELL doesn't make me scared of Kaufman," Tate wrote on Instagram, accompanying ax X-ray photo of her broken bone.

Kaufman will instead fight Alexis Davis at UFC 186 on April 25 in Montreal. Kaufman has already beaten Davis twice, but both women are among the top-five contenders in the UFC's women's bantamweight division. It was clear Kaufman had her heart set on Tate, though. In an Instagram video over the weekend, she crushed a cupcake with her fist. Of course, Tate's nickname is "Cupcake."

"As soon as I went online, she disappeared," Kaufman told FOX Sports. "No response whatsoever. It's insane, and the only thing it comes down to is if she'll fight everyone in the division but me, that makes you a coward. It's as simple as that. Why wouldn't you want that fight back?"

Kaufman defeated Tate on a Strikeforce Challengers event in 2009. Since then, each has lost to champion Ronda Rousey. Tate has been defeated by Rousey twice. But both are still knocking at the women's bantamweight door in the UFC. There's a pretty good chance that rematch will happen eventually.

"I have always stepped up, never backed down from a fight," Tate wrote. "I don't think anyone can argue that I am a coward. I am not cleared to fight (or train) yet but trying to heal as quickly as possible."