Miesha Tate doesn’t go out of her way to take stabs at former rival Ronda Rousey but sometimes it’s just unavoidable.
Last week while promoting her upcoming movie “Mile 22”, Rousey did a sit down interview with her director Peter Berg where she made comments about her tumultuous relationship with the media. Rousey essentially avoided press after her two losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes and still has only done random interviews with select reporters to discuss her fight career.
“We live in an age of trial by Twitter. What is really gained by stating opinion on anything? It whittles people down. It gets cut and pasted 10 times and it’s in a headline. Why should I talk? I believe hearing me speak is a privilege, and it’s a privilege that’s been abused, so why not revoke it from everyone?,” Rousey stated.
Well that didn’t sit too well with Tate, who might not like Rousey very much as a person, but she has always paid homage to her accomplishments inside the cage where she was one of the most ferocious competitors in the history of the sport.
Rousey was also a superstar with drawing power second only to Conor McGregor and with that level of fame comes hoards of fans who want to have the chance to interact with their favorite athlete through interviews or public engagements.
“People are going to say that I’m being a hater, but I’m going to be honest — I think it’s a bit ridiculous,” Tate said about Rousey’s comments on her Sirius XM radio show. “I think it’s very above herself. This is where we butt heads. This is the point where we don’t agree. Sometimes Ronda will say something recently that’s humble and I’ll be like ‘that’s a great comment’. This is asinine.
“I think this is not the kind of attitude that you should have when you’re someone who is in a position as Ronda. Ronda, she’s very fortunate. Granted, she’s worked very hard but there’s a lot of people who work really, really hard and don’t get to that point of stardom or financial benefit or whatever it is, so it’s a combined effort. But to say it’s a privilege to hear me speak is just a bit…it sounds rude and full of herself. She really sounds full of herself.”
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) May 3, 2018
The way Tate sees it, Rousey has built her fame on the backs of fans who are willing to follow her no matter where she goes or what she does.
Most recently, Rousey has transitioned from the UFC to WWE where she’s now a full time professional wrestler. Rousey has done more interviews since joining WWE but even those have turned awkward at times whenever her fight career comes up as a subject of interest.
Whether that has played any part in Rousey’s new attitude towards the media is unknown but Tate says that the former UFC women’s champion should take it as an honor that so many of her fans want to hear from her.
“I don’t see it as a privilege to hear her speak. I think she owes it, sort of to a degree, to her fans,” Tate said. “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 it’s 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 a role model should have because it seems like it’s 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.”