While former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is currently on an indefinite hiatus from competing in the UFC, she has continued to make headlines.
During a recent podcast appearance, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate told a story about an encounter Rousey had with UFC strawweight Paige VanZant. As the story goes, VanZant and Rousey were doing a Reebok promo shoot, during which Rousey cursed out VanZant for congratulating Holly Holm on winning the UFC championship when she knocked out Rousey.
This week, while on Sirius XM Rush Fight Club, Tate spoke about Rousey’s mental state.
MMAFighting has the transcription:
“I think Ronda is somewhat emotionally unstable and I think that’s been characteristic for a long time. Doesn’t mean she fights any worse for it. I’m not knocking her as an athlete but emotionally she’s just got some things that are a little bit strange and I think that that was one of them.”
“I feel like you can tell a lot about a person who, if they’re nice to people that they don’t have to be nice to or if they’re not nice to people that they don’t have to be nice to, and I feel like things that sometimes people don’t see on the massive media outlets is the way Ronda is behind scenes.
This is just one example. This is a big reason why Ronda and I don’t get along. It’s not even the career, it’s the difference in our personal perspectives. That’s why we have the rivalry. We just happen to also be in the same profession and fighting in the same weight class and that’s what people are really interested in but truly this is where I disagree with Ronda the most.
This is why I feel like I identify with Paige more. She’s so kind and when this whole thing happened she was like, ‘we’re emotional beings and hopefully I can make it right with Ronda” and she’s still such a sweetheart but I’m not that way….
When Ronda does things like that to me I’m just like, ‘No, eff you.’ I’m not gonna bow down and not say how I feel.”
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