Ronda Rousey Preparing for the Best Miesha Tate She Can Imagine, Not Crossing Her Fingers

August 20, 2013
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Tate-&-Rousey-Nose-to-Nose-460x270UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has skyrocketed to the fringes of superstardom, breaking down barriers that separated men from women in combat sports.  She’s ushered in a new era of awareness about female mixed martial artists.

Rivalries sell fights and build legacies, and her rise to prominence will forever be linked to her bitter rivalry with Miesha Tate.

Tate captured the Strikeforce women’s 135-pound title by submitting Marloes Coenen in July 2011.  Rousey was an up-and-comer who had only fought in Strikeforce’s farm league Challengers Series at the time.   Rousey relentlessly called out the champion and was eventually granted the opportunity to fight for the title.

Tate felt that Rousey’s tactics to obtain the title bout were disrespectful.  Rousey defeated Tate in the first round by arm bar, dislocating Tate’s left arm at the elbow.

Building on the rivalry, Rousey and Tate are opposing coaches on the upcoming season of the UFC reality series The Ultimate Fighter and will rematch at UFC 168 later this year.

Although Rousey has a win over Tate, she’s not looking past her archrival.

“Being that the fight with Miesha is the one in front of me than I’m going to treat it like it’s the hardest fight in the world,” said Rousey during a question and answer session prior to the UFC Fight Night 26 official weigh-ins.  “I’m not really putting any thoughts about anybody else in my head right now.”

The Olympic Bronze Medalist in judo believes what separates her and Tate heading into the rematch is preparation and mental approach.

“They’re kind of saying, oh, Ronda’s no good after the first round, or the first minute.  They’re crossing their fingers and hoping that whatever they don’t know about my game is bad,” said the champion.

“I’m assuming that Miesha fixed all the holes that I saw in her game last time and she’s going to be like the best version of her that ever happened,” she added.

“I’m going to train for a five-round battle, whereas they’re hoping that after the first round I’m going to peter out.  They’re training for the worst version of me possible that they can think of, and I’m training for the best version of her possible that I can even imagine.”

“I think that’s the big difference between how me and Miesha prepare,” said Rousey.

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  • BobGyro

    Meisha Tate is a loser. Cat should be getting all this hype and attention not Big Nose Tate. Julie Kedzie had Big Nose about out. Cyborg needs to be brought into the UFC to end this Rousey fake hype crap.

    • #1mmafan.

      Blame Dana white for all the hype. He went from not wanting women in the Ufc to being Rhonda’s panty sniffer(and no that’s not a good thing). I wonder what would happen to her if she fought a great striker with takedown defense or an awesome wrestler with submission defense. My bet is that she would lose. Not only is she a hype train but she’s also a future fatty. So all you chubby chasers,”Chase on!” Rhonda is your future dream come true!!!

      • TheCerealKiller

        I can’t stand Ronda, but if you’re calling her chubby then wth do you think is thin? Kate Moss a little thick for you?

        • #1mmafan.

          Here’s my definition of a HOT chick, Mila Kun is. Buff said!!!

          • #1mmafan.

            I meant Mila Kunis. Buff said!!!

          • #1mmafan.

            For the 3rd time. Nuff said!!!

          • David

            If your the #1 mma fan why are you commenting on a fighters looks instead of the way they fight? You are one weird dude I feel bad for you!

          • TheCerealKiller

            Mila is one of my favorites, but she’s not a fighter. You can say Ronda isn’t attractive, but calling her chubby makes you sound like an idiot.

          • #1mmafan.

            In response to your idiot comment here’s a quote from one of my favorite movies. Opinions vary!

          • Sir_Roy

            Pretty sure all the women in the world, let alone elite MMA fighters, couldn’t care less about what floats your boat aesthetically speaking.

            If I was worried about getting off on their looks, I’d be watching the Playboy channel and not the fight channel anyway … wouldn’t you?

            That, and pretty sure posters like yourself are little more than pimple popping pot bellied grubs with popcorn and Doritos trapped deep within the tangled confines of your greasy, flea ridden beard. Good thing you’re well hidden behind your keyboard …

          • Girls Just Want To Have Fights

            You Sir have made my day.

          • Wayde Barnes

            Mila is cool and sweet looking, but she has nowhere near the hot body that Miesha sports. Her body definitely rocks. She would probably be more than you could possibly handle anyway. Also sounds to me like you’re a bandwagon jumper like so many others. As soon as a magazine runs a completely unscientific poll as to who is the hottest girl in America, the number one becomes your favorite. I can name at least 20 girls off the top of my head who are twice as hot as Mila, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like Mila. She’s just too thin and boney for my taste. Wouldn’t EVER kick her out though, if you know what I mean.

      • Darin

        “Future Fatty”? WTF? You can’t figure out a way to make fun of her appearance in the here and now, so you’re going to insult a future Rousey? You have the attitude of a pathetic loser.

        • #1mmafan.

          You’re right. How about her puffy squirrel cheeks and that sexy mole under her eye? Whistle! Whistle!

          • actualmmafan

            If you were actually an MMA fan you would be focused on the MMA, not what you think is wrong with their physical appearance.

    • Nash

      Bob, you’re an idiot. Miesha Tate is ten times hotter than anything you could ever score. She has a slightly big nose, but that does not diminish her attractiveness. Both of these women are hot. All you losers on here constantly insulting these two women’s looks are pathetic.

      • BobGyro

        look at her playing with her hair COW!!!
        NATE you should be ashamed of yourself for using TATE and ATTRACTIVENESS in the same sentence bobgyro is always right

        • BobGyro

          Michael is a smart judge of woman. Obviously.

          • onehitwonder

            michael is blowing you Obviously.

      • r

        I know, all these little douche bags, they feel intimidated by strong women that could easily rag doll them. Its not a pageant, its a fight, who cares how they look!

      • Wayde Barnes

        You’re absolutely right. Miesha is one seriously hot babe, period. Her nose may be a little bigger than some, but it fits her face perfectly, and I think her face is beautiful. Anyone who says that her body isn’t as hot as they come, is either blowing smoke about the girls he can get, or is completely jealous that she’s so much hotter than his own girl. Her in a pair of spandex or tight short shorts just blows me away.

      • MMA girl

        So true, thank you. It’s terrible to see people go on picking apart female MMA athletes over their looks. They don’t usually do it to the guys. It shouldn’t be done to either. It feels really dehumanizing. It’s who someone is on the inside that matters, and their talents.

    • Mike mckinney

      I don’t think Rhonda is the be all end all, but if you can only think of the best fighter in the weight class above hers than isn’t that saying something? We wouldn’t say jones is weak if we thought the only person that could beat him is Cain would we?

    • onehitwonder

      it’s a new school year bob, are you in the 4th grade this year ? really ? name calling ? your probably one of those guys that finds something wrong with every chick cause you can’t get one.

  • Justin

    Ronda Rousey sucks. She’s the biggest blow hard ever. Plus she looks and sounds like a dude.

    • s

      She’s undefeated, dummy.

    • BobGyro

      pity the poor sap that marries Rhonda

    • bobbyb9331

      how long for you to muster up enough nerve to get that off your key board champ.

  • BobGyro

    PHuck i don’t wanna see another Spoiled Bitch Rousey armbar

  • BobGyro

    Is Miesha Big Nose Tate a man? Could be? Some big time honker.

  • BobGyro

    Meiasha Big Nose tate could be a man.

  • BobGyro

    Big Nose is scary

  • GallowsPole

    Funny all these guys talking s*** on these two females but they would all get their asses kicked by either one of them.

    • jeremy

      And i would enjoy it too lol If it was Tate, Ronda id fart in her face 🙂

  • She’s training for the most vicious armbar ever.

  • bbyfbtyf

    Miesha would win… if only she had Ronda’s physical strength and skills.

    • Ian Price

      I’m really thinking meisha will spoil Ronda’s party. She’s not afraid of Ronda, which helps a lot. Even after the first armbar, she thought “screw it” and kept fighting till she got re-armbared.

  • It’s telling that Ronda mentioned criticism that she might be less effective after round 1. Noted sports nutritionist Mike Dolce has said that Ronda Rousey’s draconian diet and weight cut routine to make 135lbs will catch up to her. He was addressing the fact that she eats one small meal per day while training at least twice a day. It’s a recipe for disaster according to Mike Dolce. Of course her opponent must get her into the later rounds but Ronda has shown that is very difficult to do. For Judo competitions Ronda cut 20 lbs or more to make her fighting weight of 154lbs. She did it correctly and had plenty of stamina at 154lbs. Dolce and others feel she cannot possibly have the same stamina fighting at 135lbs because to get there she eats only one small meal per day but trains hard at least two times a day. If Miesha Tate can get Ronda into the championship rounds 4 and 5 it will be interesting to see if Ronda runs out of gas. From Ronda’s remarks in the above article it appears to already be weighing on her mind.

  • BobGyro

    Meisha Big Nose Tate is a very average UFC fighter.

  • BobGyro

    Rhonda needs to be aware of the Nose to eye from Big Nose Hate Tate

  • BobGyro

    Meisha Big Nose tate belongs working truck stops for a few bucks a trick.