UFC star Julia Avila has hit back at former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate for saying that having an OnlyFans page is "desperate".
Tate joked in the comments section of a recent YouTube video that she wouldn't be signing up with the subscription service, which is home to a number of notable women's fighters.
The likes of Paige VanZant, Rachael Ostovich, Jessica Andrade and Bec Rawlings have all signed up for subscriptions services either run by OnlyFans or similar hosts.
And Avila slammed Tate for her "aggravating" opinion on joining the site, saying that fighters should feel empowered to use it as a means to make extra money.
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“This is aggravating," Avila said in a social media post. "Yes women have an OnlyFans and what of it?
"Maybe they want attention. Maybe they want an extra dollar. Maybe they just want to celebrate their womanhood and how f***ing gorgeous they are!
"It’s not our place to judge or to tear down another woman for it."
Avila said that she hopes the comment was taken out of context, after reading about it on a post from a fan page on Instagram.
She believes Tate should have, instead of criticising other fighters, simply responded that it wasn't something she was interested in pursuing.
"Fix your crown queen before casting stones on another," the fighter continued. "Honey, none of us are without fault and it’s a hard f***ing world without having to tear one another down.
"Rather than criticising how about, ‘it’s not for me’, plain and simple.
“I really hope that this was taken out of context because I’ve always respected her as a role model for other people, so I’ll give the benefit of a doubt.”
Both Tate and Avila compete in the promotion's 135lb weight class, with the 33-year-old currently ranked No.14, while Tate is No.8.
Tate mounted a successful return from retirement last year when she won her first fight back after five years, but was then beaten by Ketlen Vieira and is now toying with a move to flyweight.
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Meanwhile, Avila defeated Julija Stoliarenko in her last fight before suffering a knee injury that cost her a December fight with No.7-ranked Raquel Pennington.
There are a number of exclusive content providers that allow celebrities and influencers to sell directly to fans, with former UFC star VanZant operating with FanTime on her own website.
“There was always this back and forth," she told MMAFighting last year of signing up for the controversial business model. "There’s two sides of it.
"I didn’t want to put myself in a position where I would lose business opportunities based on having an exclusive content site, but I feel like I’m already seen as a sex symbol in the sports world.
"I might as well have the monetisation behind it. I wanted to do it on my own terms. So I actually joined Fan Time, it’s a separate company.
“I work hard for my body. I work hard for who I am, and there’s a side of me that’s extremely girly and feminine, and I get to share that on my fan site. Now I think it’s becoming a lot more acceptable."
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