Miesha Tate Says She Knows the ‘Real Ronda Rousey’
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.12.2013
Tate speaks on the experience of coaching on The Ultimate Fighter…
MMAjunkie Radio interviewed UFC women's bantamweight title contender and Ultimate Fighter coach, Miesha Tate, this week. Tate talked about her experience coaching the show and her rivalry with UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey. Tate and Rousey are set to face each other in a rematch at UFC 168 in December. Below are some highlights:
Tate on her belief that Rousey is showing her true colors on the reality show: "It's easy when you're doing an interview for 15 minutes to look like the cool chick and whatever, but when you're on a show for six weeks, it's hard to conceal exactly who you are. I think there's finally some light being shed on the whole situation, and basically it's going to change in one way or another."
Tate on Rousey getting emotiona: "I realized that she is very, very, very emotional. I would even go as far as to say emotionally unstable. When my team's going through ups and downs, I want to be the stable one that they look to and find strength in. That was my goal. I didn't necessarily see that from her all the time. She came off a little unstable. She is emotional, she did care [about her team], but I do see that as a weakness."
Tate on how it is downhill from here on out for the rest of the show: "It's pretty much downhill from here on out. I'm not perfect. You guys are going to see moments where I break or I have an issue or where we butt heads, and I'm not as easygoing or able to just brush it off because it's not the easiest thing to do. Really it's not. When someone's in your face all the time and especially me being a competitor and whatnot, it takes a certain level of professionalism and patience. I had to remind myself to be very patient. There are times where you're going to see me not be perfect, but I don't claim to be perfect, so I just did the best that I could to stay true to myself and try to deal with her the best way possible. And I think it pissed her off a lot of the time because for the majority, she was not able to get the reaction that she was used to getting from me."
Tate on how she knows the real Ronda Rousey: "I think I know the real Ronda Rousey. She's cool if you're her friend and whatnot, but the fact that she could treat random people as poorly as she does – I'm talking about the producers, I'm talking about the camera guys, I'm talking about myself, I'm talking about just other people that I've witnessed her work with and how difficult she is and how she always seems like she has a chip on her shoulder, that everyone's out to get her."