Why Miesha no longer signs and returns fan mail

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                    <p>UFC women&#39;s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate was criticized in some quarters for a recent Tweet.</p>

Miesha Tate @MieshaTate
Will no longer be accepting return fan mail, too many trying to sell the signed photos, thanks for understanding!

However, the step was necessary - there is a thriving MMA autograph business that benefits everyone, but the fighters. It began when Tate was in the Las Vegas Fight Shop and saw her autograph for sale for $150.

“That was kind of a wake-up call,” said Tate to Ben Fowlkes for MMAjunkie. “I realized, OK, the guy that spent a half-hour waiting to catch me, got me to sign three or four things, now he’s making money off of it, and the Fight Shop is making money off of it, but the person who put all the work into making this possible – me – isn’t making a dime.”

Tate had been receiving stacks of photos that the sender wanted her to sign and return. And she had been doing so. And she stopped.

UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor expressed a contrary view on a recent Embedded episode. Individuals were waiting outside a Boston hotel with stacks of images they admitted would be going on sale. 

“They go through the hustle of standing outside in the cold, getting the pictures printed, showing up,” said McGregor. “At the end of the day, they’re supporting the event. At the end of the day, they are fans of the show because they understand the fighters, they understand the pictures, they understand everything. So they’re fans, let them make a few quid.”

The things is though, McGregor was only half right - many of them are not even fans.

“Half these guys who I’ve talked to, they don’t even really know the athletes,” said NJ MMA autograph and memorabilia collector Hermen Hernandez. “They just work for someone who says, ‘OK, here’s a picture of who you need to get. Try to get as many as you can.’ That’s actually more common than you’d think.”

Tate's first concern was simple - why should she spend time going through, signing, and returning stacks of images that come into her gym every day, for people that offer her nothing, will resell the items, and may not even be fans?

“I think it’s kind of lame that it’s just expected of me to do this,” said Tate. “I try to give back to the fans as much as I can, show appreciation and love for them, but I don’t think there should be an expectation for me to spend a couple hours every Sunday signing stuff so other people can make money off of it.”

A.J. Hiller, who started MMASignatures.com, who pays fighters for their autographs, sometimes a fancier one than the fan version, cannot but agree.

“I think what Miesha is doing is the right thing, honestly,” he said. “There are the hardcore fans who just want to go and meet Miesha and get their picture taken with her and keep that photo as their own souvenir, but then there are the people who want dozens of pictures autographed. But you know they’re not going to plaster dozens of pictures of her up in their house, unless they’re total freaks or something. What they’re trying to do is make a profit. And if they’re making a profit, Miesha should be getting a piece of that. The only reason they’re making money is because she made herself into a celebrity.”

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Would be cool if when a fan approached a fighter for an autograph, they get put on the spot with trivia about the person who's autograph they're trying to get. That way you know who's a real fan, and who can fuck off. Phone Post 3.0

^^^M.T" why do you want my autograph?"
"Big fan" Phone Post 3.0

Autograph seeker: "Mr. Liddell, you're my heeerrrrooo. Can I have an autograph?"

Chuck: "thanks kid, but first...who was my first loss to in the UFC???"

Autograph seeker: "Ughhh ughhhh...Rampage Jackson??"

Chuck: "Oh FUCK OFF!" Phone Post 3.0

If they personalized it, it's not valuable other than sentiment. Phone Post 3.0

LOL @ Tate. Phone Post 3.0

Meisha "the Jewish cupcake" Tate Phone Post 3.0

Sickening. Phone Post 3.0

there was a huge thread on this last week when this all happened.  

Her position is completely reasonable.  Honestly, if you want to send away for some other adults autograph, then you have problems.  If you are doing it to make money, youre a douche.  If you show up to see Miesha at a fight or promo or event, then hey, knock yourself out, you made the trip, ask her for a pic or whatnot.  

I dont see a problem with her position.  

Such hot demand for this autograph.

Must make big $!! Phone Post 3.0

okiebug - If they personalized it, it's not valuable other than sentiment. Phone Post 3.0

This!

Tell her to personalize it or she will lose more fans.

Do it with a permanent marker

Who would want a Miesha Tate autograph? Lol. Phone Post 3.0

SensoriaUtopia -
priziesthorse - Who the fuck is paying $150 for a Meisha autograph?

Nobody lol

That's why it was sill for sale. Phone Post 3.0

I would've tweeted "Because of people selling my autograph, I will now require 20 bucks for a signature."

She gets the money, fans get the autograph, and it kills the secondary market because everyone knows where one can be had for a nominal fee. Everyone's a winner.

I don't blame her.

And this news is old. Phone Post 3.0

Reminds me of people thinking their collectibles are worth far more than they are because they saw someone on ebay asking a 20grand for one. No matter if the item actually sold for that amount.

A price tag on a shop wall can mean all kinds of things. From being part of the fight shop memorabilia atmosphere that can be bought if you want to pay the owner way over value, to a means to make other items look like better buys.

I doubt there's big money in her autographs that she's missing out on. I think McGregor actually has a good take on the notion that the autograph hounds do help drive up the sport, add some hype, and enable fans to by more "into" MMA and they will then buy more tickets and PPV's which is ultimately what pays fighter salaries.

Having said that, sign or don't sign whatever you feel like. Trying to get a cut or charge for your own autograph ends up being a bit douchey IMO. But by all means, it's certainly your right not to sign.

But this isn't exactly a new problem. Rock bands have been signing things for fans, fake fans, and fan clubs for generations. It's a byproduct of fame and the relative wealth that goes with fame. Just like living under a microscope. Both are "the other side of the coin" IMO.

Where you at, Graphdaddy Phone Post 3.0

The Acorn - Meisha "the Jewish cupcake" Tate Phone Post 3.0
Lmao. I agree with Conor. Phone Post 3.0

Lol. This Hiller guy used to pimp out his kids to get autographs and have runners to get autographs but now he thinks Miesha is doing the right thing. The irony.

Pessimist_Pete - Where you at, Graphdaddy Phone Post 3.0

Stalking fighters at their hotels.