They're both top-10 fighters in the men's and women's bantamweight divisions. But when Tate said she wanted to get serious about MMA and begin training with the competition team, Caraway put his foot down.Tate is training to fight Sara Mc Mann at UFC 183 on Jan. He couldn't be the captain of the team if he was dating one of its members.When Tate enters full fight camp mode, as she has for her bout against Mc Mann, she used to feel as though her coach was following her home at night."In the transition to training camps, I felt like I would lose my partner, my boyfriend, and I felt like I just had another coach," Tate says. We just had to really communicate and figure out why that was."They figured out they needed help, which is where Xtreme Couture coach Robert Follis comes in.
This was before they were boyfriend-girlfriend, before either had signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship This was before they were boyfriend-girlfriend, before either had signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Caraway has been turning down fight offers for major names within the division while calling out guys who have been on lengthy layoffs.
Tate would have to choose between him or MMA."I was kind of old-fashioned," Caraway says.
"I don't want to say I didn't believe in women's MMA, but it was kind of rough for me.
"With fighters, you have to have that extra level of trust, and they have that," Follis says.
Apparenlty, the reason that Miesha Tate was denied a third fight with Ronda Rousey was because of her boyfriend. 6 ranked Bantamweight fighter Aljamain Sterling, Miesha Tate can blame boyfriend Bryan Caraway for having her trilogy bout with UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey canned.