The war of words between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey rivalry seemingly has no end. In a recent interview, Tate described Rousey as “emotionally unstable,” and a bad role model for women’s MMA.
Tate described a specific incident on the set of TUF, in which she tried to congratulate Rousey on their shared success in putting on another great female fight.
“I went to shake Ronda’s hand,” Tate wrote in her blog. “The gesture was one of solidarity, ‘You and I were a part of another great female fight, this is what female fighting is all about and these two women we trained just did every female fighter proud’.
“But, instead, Ronda flipped me off. I’m kinda happy they showed that on TV because Ronda did it at least 20 times before then and it was edited out. But, honestly, she stuck her finger up to me literally every time she saw me for weeks and weeks.”
Tate added that she thinks TUF viewers are finally getting a good look at who Ronda Rousey really is.
“While I find it interesting that this was really the first time the producer showed Ronda flipping me off, I really think the viewers are getting to see the real Ronda this season – and it’s not pretty,” Tate wrote. “She’s got a great skillset and as an athlete she’s awesome. But she’s not interested in building female MMA, she’s interested in building Ronda MMA and then leaving for movies or something else.”
Tate also stated that this was bad for the sport in general, as Rousey is the de facto face of women’s MMA, due to her UFC title and celebrity status.
“There’s a responsibility to represent female MMA that comes with being the champion, just as there’s a responsibility to represent and promote the show when you coach TUF,” Tate continued. “It grates on my nerves that Ronda isn’t promoting this season, which fans are saying is the best for a while, because that’s what we as established fighters signed on to do: to share the spotlight with these fighters who desperately want to join us in the UFC.”
However, Tate sees a silver lining in all of this. After getting to know Rousey on this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Tate believes she has a much better idea of how to win the title when the two meet in December.
“People have asked me what I’ve learned about Ronda from doing TUF with her,” Tate wrote. “Basically, I’ve learned she’s a lot more emotionally unstable that I ever could have realized if I didn’t see her day-in, day-out for six weeks. I’ve learned that I can work her from a different angle, from a psychological angle.
“I’ve never used ‘psychological warfare’ in my career before. This is an unexplored aspect of the sport for me. I’ve never tried to get an opponent crazy or emotional on purpose to mess with their preparation or distract them. I know Ronda tried – and to a point succeeded – in making me emotional ahead of the first fight. She has said that’s how she beat me the first fight.
“However, now I’ve left that anger, that dislike of her behind me, she can’t affect me emotionally like she did when we fought in Strikeforce. And what I think is happening is that because she can’t have this effect on me, it is almost like she’s become more emotional instead. I didn’t go into TUF wanting to make her go crazy, to cry all the time, to get furious and scream all the time, but that’s what happened. I think it is a huge mental victory for me ahead of our December 28 fight to know that, one, she can’t get inside my head anymore and, two, to know how fragile she is emotionally.”
The Ultimate Fighter airs on Wednesday nights on FOX Sports 1. The Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate title fight will take place as part of the UFC’s year-end card.