We’re only two episodes into the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter, and already we’re seeing some cracks in the public persona that female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been trying to project. Her rival coach and soon to be opponent Miesha Tate says she’s glad people are finally seeing the side of Rousey that Tate had always claimed was there.
“It’s easy when you’re doing an interview for 15 minutes to look like the cool chick and whatever, but when you’re on a show for six weeks, it’s hard to conceal exactly who you are,” Tate said in an interview with MMAjunkie.com Radio. “I think there’s finally some light being shed on the whole situation, and basically it’s going to change in one way or another.”
“I realized that she is very, very, very emotional,” she continued. “I would even go as far as to say emotionally unstable. When my team’s going through ups and downs, I want to be the stable one that they look to and find strength in. That was my goal. I didn’t necessarily see that from her all the time. She came off a little unstable. She is emotional, she did care [about her team], but I do see that as a weakness.”
Tate reiterated that Rousey might seem like a nice person, but her actions towards the cast and crew on the show have shown her true colors.
“I think I know the real Ronda Rousey,” Tate said. “She’s cool if you’re her friend and whatnot, but the fact that she could treat random people as poorly as she does – I’m talking about the producers, I’m talking about the camera guys, I’m talking about myself, I’m talking about just other people that I’ve witnessed her work with and how difficult she is and how she always seems like she has a chip on her shoulder, that everyone’s out to get her.”
As for their upcoming bout, Tate can’t wait to get into the octagon and prove that she’s a better fighter than Rousey.
“Honestly I would love to just humiliate her in every way,” Tate said. “I think the most the gratifying way of victory for me would be to knock her out. Absolutely, I think just shutting her mouth and knocking her out and putting her on her butt would be a really good feeling,
“She’s going to have to fight me. It’s not going to be like any other fight she’s had before, and I think she knows that she’s in for the fight of her life.”
Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate will fight for the title at UFC 168 on December 28.