UFC women’s bantamweight contender Sarah Kaufman obviously has a stake in the Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate rivalry. After all, whoever wins their December bout could end up being Kaufman’s future opponent.
In a recent interview, Kaufman weighed in on the feud, echoing sentiments that Ronda Rousey is a little bit emotionally unstable.
“I think that Miesha has come off very well for herself,” Kaufman told BloodyElbow. “This is not a slight to her, but I don’t think she always comes off as the most sophisticated or professional person at times. She will retort and make statements without thinking about them, but here, I think that she’s played it smart.
“Ronda is very emotional and she does kind of have that bratty edge to her, where she says what she thinks all the time and seemingly takes offense to a lot of things. She’s not coming off very professionally. She’s coming off as a very young, almost teenaged girl, where she’s actually 26 years old.”
Kaufman added that she believes Rousey’s true personality is starting to shine through, and that side of her is not a good representation of women’s MMA.
“I know that a lot of pressure is being put on Ronda to live up to all the hype, and so far, I think that she’s done it quite gracefully, but we’re starting to see a little bit more of who she is as a person, and I think that it’s not coming across as well as it could, for sure. She definitely has a lot of attitude.
“As a coach, you’re going to have people win and you’re going to have people lose, and I don’t think giving someone the finger or the cold shoulder or stomping out in front of them is the right way to deal with it. As the representation of the head of a team, you don’t want your team members thinking that is good sportsmanship.”