Even after her recent third round armbar defeat of Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey is still finding ways to keep their rivalry alive. At a recent media presser, Rousey was asked about the purposey ignored handshake that was offered her by Tate at the conclusion of their match.
“I really think that if me and her fought alone in her gym if there weren’t people there watching, she wouldn’t have offered her hand to me,” Rousey said on Wednesday during UFC 170 Media Day. “Her actions were entirely influenced by being watched. My actions were all despite being watched.”
Somehow, Ronda believes that because she followed her gut instinct by not accepting Tate’s handshake, she stayed true to herself and true to her camp.
“It’s not a fakeable moment and it was entirely the right thing to do because I didn’t think about it,” Rousey said. “It was immediate. It was just like, ‘nope.’ Maybe if I took the time to think about it I would have changed my mind, but then it would have been the wrong decision, because it would have meant that my first inclination, I mean, I had that for a reason.”
Rousey made it clear that she does not feel that her reaction was inappropriate.
“I stood my ground in a very difficult situation where I would be extremely criticized for doing so.”
(Transcription via mmafighting.com)