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Monday, 10/28/2013, 01:26 pm

Kaufman: Tate playing it smart, Rousey needs to grow up

 

It would stand to reason that Sarah Kaufman is keeping an eye on The Ultimate Fighter Season 18.

A perennial contender in the 135-pound division, Kaufman could fight either coach, UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey or challenger Miesha Tate, in the future.

BloodyElbow caught up with Kaufman after her split decision loss to Jessica Eye at UFC 166. They talked about getting past the loss and TUF 18:

“I think that Miesha has come off very well for herself. This is not a slight to her, but I don’t think she always comes off as the most sophisticated or professional person at times. She will retort and make statements without thinking about them, but here, I think that she’s played it smart.

Ronda is very emotional and she does kind of have that bratty edge to her, where she says what she thinks all the time and seemingly takes offense to a lot of things. She’s not coming off very professionally. She’s coming off as a very young, almost teenaged girl, where she’s actually 26 years old.

I know that a lot of pressure is being put on Ronda to live up to all the hype, and so far, I think that she’s done it quite gracefully, but we’re starting to see a little bit more of who she is as a person, and I think that it’s not coming across as well as it could, for sure. She definitely has a lot of attitude.

As a coach, you’re going to have people win and you’re going to have people lose, and I don’t think giving someone the finger or the cold shoulder or stomping out in front of them is the right way to deal with it. As the representation of the head of a team, you don’t want your team members thinking that is good sportsmanship.

I’m not saying to make it into something that you’re not, but there are certain things that I would never say outside of a close circle of friends. Some of those things, I do feel are quite juvenile. You’re a coach and a title holder in the UFC. You need to grow up a little bit and pull up your socks; represent yourself however you want, but also so that people watching can respect you as a human being.”

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