"I'm absolutely shocked," Josh Jones of KHI Management told MMAFighting.com. "I found out just like you did. Very disappointed to hear the news."
Friday morning at 7:49 a.m. ET, Rousey announced on "Good Morning America" that she will be fighting Holly Holm at UFC 195 on Jan. 2. As of 10:17 a.m. ET, Jones believed Tate, who lives on the West Coast, was still unaware she wasn't going to get a third crack at Rousey. Tate was promised a title shot after defeating Jessica Eye last month in Chicago, her fourth win a row.
"I want to know the reasons behind [the decision]," Jones said. "To not even be given a head's up is very disappointing. She doesn't even know yet. She is going to be absolutely shocked."
Jones said Tate had already begun training for the Rousey trilogy fight, and her sponsors were already under the assumption she was fighting Rousey next.
"I've been beating everyone who could potentially deserve a shot," Tate said on a recent episode of The MMA Hour when she believed she was going to be next in line for Rousey. "So you can't tell me that there's a single girl out there who deserves it more than I do right now. I'm confident in saying that because I told everyone that I would work my way back to the title and I would earn that, and I have. I've done it, and if there's someone else who people are questioning, who's like, ‘hey, what about this girl? She might deserve it more.' Then okay, I'll take her out too."
And to make matters even more interesting, according to Jones, Tate is scheduled to start filming a movie, entitled "Fight Valley," alongside both Holm and Cris Cyborg on Monday.