UFC bantamweight and The Ultimate Fighter season 18 coach Miesha Tate had strong words for Kim Winslow, the referee who officiated her loss to Cat Zingano in the TUF season 17 finale, Tuesday on SiriusXM Fight Club.

“There’s no way in hell I would ever have Kim Winslow referee another fight of mine. I think she’s horrible,” Tate said. “I can tell you right now I wasn’t done, and I was ready to go on in that fight. I took a couple of knees, but I was perfectly cognitive.”

Winslow called the April 13th fight between Tate and Zingano in the third round, giving Zingano a TKO win. At the time, the win meant that Zingano earned one of the two coaching spots in TUF season 18, and with it, a title shot against Ronda Rousey. Zingano had to eventually pull out due to injury, though, and Tate was elevated to head coach.

Tate took specific exception to Winslow’s alleged reason for calling the fight and suggested that the UFC’s first female referee isn’t qualified for her position.

“When [Winslow] stopped the fight, the first thing I did was look up at her and say, ‘Why did you stop the fight?’ And she goes, ‘Because your face is a mess.’ I’m like, ‘Seriously? That’s why you stopped the fight?’,” Tate said. “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, there’s not much on the line, because she’s literally ruining people’s lives.”

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