For years, former bantamweight champions Miesha ‘Cupcake’ Tate, and Ronda Rousey were the protagonists of one of MMA’s legendary rivalries.
The two only got to meet in the Octagon twice: first in Strikeforce and then in the UFC. Tate was first the champ, then the challenger. Both ended in armbar submission victories for Rousey. Outside of those fights, however, the heated verbal exchanges were frequent – peaking when the both coached opposite each other on “The Ultimate Fighter 18” (TUF) in the lead-up to their second contest.
Rousey defended the UFC’s women’s bantamweight title six more times before a devastating knockout loss to Holly Holm. However, Tate ended up stealing the title from Holm, before Amanda Nunes earned it from Tate, and announced her retirement last November after a bitter loss to Raquel Pennington.
Earlier this year, Ronda announced she was leaving behind UFC to join the WWE. During her interview with ESPN, Rousey said, she is happy with her move to WWE and had no regrets about the loses in UFC. After her consecutive defeats, Ronda hardly did any media.
Last month, Rousey participated in a Q&A to promote her upcoming film, where she said, ‘Hearing me speak is a privilege that’s been abused.’Those comments didn’t sit well with former champion Miesha Tate and calling those comments “asinine.” during a recent episode of MMA Tonight. (Quotes via MMAFighting)
“People are gonna say I’m being a hater but I’m gonna be honest, I think it’s a bit ridiculous and I think it’s very above herself. This kind of attitude, this is where we butt heads. This is the point where we don’t agree. Sometimes Ronda will say something that’s humble and I’ll be like, ‘Hey, that’s a great comment.’ This is asinine. I don’t see it as a privilege to hear her speak. She owes it – sort of, to a degree – to her fans. Without the fans and the people who care what you say, what you say doesn’t matter. So when you say something like that I feel like it’s a burn and a slap in the face to the people who love and support you. She has a lot of young ladies that really look up to her and I just don’t think this is the type of attitude that a role model should have because it seems a bit selfish, it really does. I think she should be more grateful for being in the position that she’s in and everybody who has genuinely loved her throughout her career than to turn around and say, ‘It’s a privilege to hear me speak.’ I think it’s a bit ridiculous.”
“Cupcake” who announced her pregnancy earlier this year and is expecting her first child in next few weeks.
Do you agree with Miesha Tate’s remarks on Rousey?