In a recent interview with Fighters Only, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey shared her thoughts about the negative criticism she’s received since being a coach on The Ultimate Fighter opposite to Miesha Tate.
“Regardless of what everyone thinks of me and how I come off – everyone might think that I’m a crazy, psycho, competitive bitch – I promise you, you can go up and ask anyone who was on my team how I was as a coach, and they will 100% say I did the best I possibly could under the circumstances. All I thought about was them. I obsessed over them, and whereas Miesha was spending a lot more time worried that her hair looked good for every shot, I was freaking out making sure that everyone was okay.”
Rousey’s likability has taken a huge plunge since her stint on TUF. During the show, her behavior was very unpleasant. She would cry (literally) if she didn’t get her way, she showed no sportsmanship or respect towards Tate, and she even tried picking a fight with Tate’s boyfriend once.
In contrast to Rousey, Tate’s popularity grew tremendously. She appeared as a mature person with a calm, laid-back attitude towards everyone, even Rousey, who frequently cussed her out and disrespected her.
Rousey and Tate first fought each other in 2012 under the Strikeforce banner. The fight was won by Rousey who mutilated Tate’s arm with a brutal first round armbar.
Now, the two are expected face off again at UFC 168.
UFC 168 will take place on December 28th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.