UFC bantamweight standout Miesha Tate has asked Reebok to update its sports bra designs, so that female fighters will no longer have to worry about suffering wardrobe malfunctions inside the cage, according to a July 31 report from MMA Junkie. Tate, 28, wants Reebok to add a thicker base to its sports bras, because she feels the current design is too soft.
Why is Tate speaking out about this issue? Here’s the thing: Tate fought on the same UFC card as Elizabeth Phillips last weekend in Chicago, and she saw that the Washington superstar suffered a wardrobe malfunction inside the cage. The wardrobe malfunction spread like wild fire on the web, as fight fans screenshot and posted it all over social media.
Tate didn’t want the same thing to happen to her, so she doubled up on the sports bra she wore to the cage that night. After seeing Phillips’ wardrobe malfunction, she made sure to wear extra protection during her fight. She didn’t want to expose herself to the world like Phillips did.
Now that a week has gone by, Tate is calling on Reebok to change the design of its sports bras, to ensure that female UFC fighters can put wardrobe malfunctions out of mind for good. Is Tate doing the right thing by speaking out about the issue? There’s no doubt about it.
Tate, a former UFC bantamweight title challenger, didn’t criticize the UFC or Reebok. She simply stated that she has some advice to give to Reebok, as far as its sports bra design goes. Tate said she wants Reebok to add a thicker band around the base of its sports bra, to make sure it stays down. She says the current model is too soft, and prone to coming up.
So far, Reebok hasn’t made any public comments regarding Tate’s remarks. Hopefully they will take Tate’s comments to heart, and make the proper changes necessary. Phillips’ wardrobe malfunction was unfortunate, but at least Reebok could learn from the incident. No other female UFC fighters need to go through the embarrassment of a wardrobe malfunction. Reebok should listen to Tate, and quickly update its design.