Even though UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey didn’t shake Miesha Tate’s hand after the fight at UFC 168, Rousey said that she respects Tate and was able to show a lot about herself during the fight.
“She’s a great, great fighter,” Rousey said. “It was an amazing fight that she put out. She has my respect in that regard.”
Up until Saturday night, most of the minutes inside the cage for Rousey were easy. She never made it out of the first round until Saturday night. Tate showed heart and defense, but wasn’t able to overcome Rousey’s superior strength and judo ability.
Rousey said she’s learning to slow down in fights. Her judo training, however, has forced her to fight fast.
” I feel like my biggest challenge in fighting is I am in a rush,” Rousey said. “Judo matches are only 5 minutes long.”
Rousey said she’s learning to pay attention to what is happening in the fight and not “just throw for the sake of it.”
Even though there questions about Rousey’s stamina, she proved critics wrong by sustaining a fast pace into the second and third round, being patient and waiting for the right moment to place the armbar. Rousey said every fight requires a different approach.
“I improvise when I fight,” Rousey said. “Miesha did an amazing job tonight and she helped me show more of what I have.”
Rousey will fight Sara McMann in her next fight on Feb. 22 at UFC 170. The fight will be a battle between to former Olympians. McMann won an Olympic silver medal in wrestling in 2004 and Rousey won a bronze medal in Judo in the 2008 Olympics. Rousey said she wanted to step back into the cage quickly after only fighting twice in 2013.