Miesha Tate Credits ‘TUF 18’ to No Longer Being Misunderstood When it Comes To Ronda Rousey
Head coach on the most recent season of the UFC’s reality television show, ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ Miesha Tate recently spoke about the success of the show – both in regards to its unprecedented showcase of women’s MMA and its display of her and her rival, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
This past Saturday night, the UFC crowned its first-ever female Ultimate Fighter, Julianna Pena at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. It was a historic moment for women’s MMA, and it was also another feather in the cap of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ head coach Miesha Tate.
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Tate spoke about ‘The Ultimate Fighter 18,’ and what it meant to finally have women featured in the UFC’s premier reality-television show.
“I think it was really successful,” Tate said, ”and I think the women really shined – and in a lot of cases outshined the men. I think it’s great, having this platform finally. It’s all I felt we really needed, because I felt like we’re tremendous athletes, and I think we fight really hard. We bring some fire and ferocity; if you’ve ever had a fight with your wife or your girlfriend you can totally attest to the kind of passion we bring to the fight. When we bring our fists to it, it makes for really entertaining bouts, and I think people are really starting to enjoy it and respect it as a sport.”
And on Saturday night, contestants from the show fought in several bouts on the card of the finale. The finals saw both the male and female winners of this season come from Miesha Tate’s team, a statistic that only adds to the list of ways in which Tate seemed to have been the victor over her rival, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
For Tate, this season of TUF not only helped push women’s MMA to the front of viewers’ attention, it also gave her a sense of vindication in her highly-publicized rivalry with Rousey – something that she feels has been unfair until ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ aired.
“It feels kind of nice, finally,” Tate told MMAjunkie. “For a long time, I felt very misunderstood. I felt like a lot of people really thought they could hear what Ronda was saying, but I never got any coverage. It was all the Ronda show, and it was like she was the one on the covers of everything and getting all this press. Everyone was really only hearing her side of the story.
“It was kind of nice to be able to shed some light on the truth, and people could really see how we interact and the reason why it’s impossible to get along with her or like her.”
Television show aside, Tate and Rousey will have an opportunity to truly decide a victor when they face off at the co-main event of UFC 168 on December 28.