Miesha Tate Happy Ronda Rousey Is in the UFC But the Credit Belongs to All Women (Video)

November 11, 2012
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Former Strikeforce women’s champ Miesha Tate was as happy as any fighter on the planet when she heard the news that Ronda Rousey was going to be the first female competitor signed to a UFC contract.

Yes, Tate and Rousey are still rivals, and no, there’s no love lost between the two competitors, but hearing the news that the former Olympic bronze medalist had signed with the world’s biggest MMA promotion was a great thing for all women’s fighters.

Tate understands that Rousey has earned the lion’s share of attention lately, but it was more than just her that not only made history when she landed with the UFC. It was a landmark moment for all women’s fighters.

“It’s not just Ronda, it’s not just myself, that’s for sure. If Ronda’s coming over to the UFC obviously there’s going to be a division around that, it’s not just Ronda. I know Ronda’s getting a lot of the credit and what not, but she didn’t have a lot to do with from the ground up,” Tate told MMAWeekly Radio after the news was announced.

“We’re at the top of the mountain now that’s kind of how I feel anyways, with this accomplishment coming into the UFC, we’ve kind of reached that final goal. But we had to start at the bottom and a lot of the pioneers Tara (LaRosa), Marloes (Coenen), Molly Helsel, the girls that were really fighting back in the day before we were making any kind of money, or there was any kind of publicity, or much acceptance of it.”

From Gina Carano’s emergence through Elite XC and then into Strikeforce, from Bodog Fights putting on some of the first mainstream women’s bouts all the way back to the women’s fights that took place in the Hook ‘N’ Shoot promotion, the women have been waiting for a moment like this forever and now it’s here.

“We were fighting for this, right here, right now. She’s getting a lot of the credit and the limelight, but people who follow the sport understand there was a lot more getting to this point. I hope people can recognize that and give all the women that have worked really hard some credit,” Tate stated.

As far as her own future goes, Tate hasn’t been told specifically about a UFC deal, or when she would make that transition, but with the conversations that she’s had, everything is looking very positive.

“I would love to be a part of the first women’s MMA fight in the UFC, but if I’m not I’m not going to focus on the negative. I’ve just been thinking about that a lot, my goal is to get into the UFC regardless and at this point I consider myself in the UFC,” said Tate.

“It’s happening, Dana’s made it very clear that it’s happening, and amongst personal talks with him and Sean (Shelby) and everyone I’m definitely pretty sure the UFC’s in my future.”

Tate’s main focus is getting that first fight in the UFC, and making the most of the opportunity, but she knows at some point down the road, she will meet Ronda Rousey again and this time the stakes will be even higher.

Tate and Rousey had one of the most heated rivalries of all of 2012, and their fight was one of the biggest Showtime aired this year. Now if both ladies are going to be in the UFC, the rivalry will hit all new heights.

“Our rivalry is very real. I know a lot of people don’t believe that Ronda can’t be beaten, that’s she’s just untouchable, but I beg to differ,” Tate stated.

“If I do get that rematch in the UFC, it’s going to be one hell of a fight.”

Check out the clip below for the full interview with Miesha Tate talking to MMAWeekly Radio:

  • D-R

    what doesn’t this chick get?? Dana has said over and over its because of Ronda that he even thought about bringing women over to ufc. he never thought about doing it before she came around, Tate is a hater

    • Darin

      She’s a Tater.

  • mma fan

    Exactly! Lol just jealousy I guess. It Is all Rhonda roussy. Her fighting ability, her looks and her personality. The ufc wouldn’t and hadn’t considered it until Rhonda came into the pic . Tate needs to give credit to where its solely due. Not to herself it any predecessor in women’s mma. The general public had little interest and the ufc had no interest in women’s mma (and I had no interest in it) until Rhonda showed up. It is what it is Tate. Growup.

    • macgrubber

      her looks? you have got to be kidding. I see you have very low standards bro. then again u are probably a 2/10 also.

      • Maddawgmar

        Dude you act like you can get a woman as hot as Ronda. Quit jerkin to your moms porn pics and get a real woman.

        • macgrubber

          wow your so witty i have never heard that before. And ya i do get them much much MUCH hotter than ronda. aint that hard broseph but you probably dont step away from ur keyboard so im not surpised you find her attractive.

  • dd

    she wants credit for it too..

  • TandmWarElephnt

    Now now everybody, what you have to realize is if she didnt get her arm broken by rousey then Dana wouldn’t have started getting impressed with her in the first place! so yes Tate you deserve credit -________- if all the women fighters were as good as rousey they would’ve been in the UFC a long time ago…

  • ufcguy

    Not a fan of Ronda, but Tate needs to understand that women’s mma is a joke.

  • WBallz

    Miesha tate quit hatin!!!!!!!!!

  • MuayThaiFood

    Cyborg should get the credit. Because of her, women like Tate and Rousey look hot by comparison. Without Cyborg and makeup they are pretty average.

    • Brye

      Nice, I agree

  • drkdisciple

    I think Dana only has only thing in mind Ronda vs Cyborg, a fight which most of us want to see. However once that fight takes place there is very little left in the women’s division.

  • It will be great to see some top notch women’s fights in the UFC. Ronda can be beaten. Anyone can be beaten. The question is who will be able to put that plan together and implement it before getting their arm snapped? Meisha is a great fighter. There are about a dozen super talented women out there that put on fights that would rival many mens fights.

  • Yannick Messaoud

    lot of women have talent in MMA not just Rousey, don’t get me wrong she is amazing and much more then a one trick pony but hey a win is a win and she does what she is good at. Not sure cyborg would beat here that easy remember Carano having her on the ground and she stood up?????? she had the fight win right there. Last time Julie Kenzie gave one hell of an amazing fight against Tate. Theses women deserve there place in the UFC. WIth strikforce folding very sad but it was bound to happen UFC should have a women division.

  • segyhuji

    “I know Ronda’s getting a lot of the credit and what not, but she didn’t have a lot to do with from the ground up”

    Who cares. Was Anderson Silva fighting in UFC 1? And even if Ronda gets the credit she doesn’t deserve, is it her fault? Ronda is too strong for Miesha, in every sense of the word, and she knows it.