It’s no surprise to hear that Strikeforce bantamweight champ Miesha Tate doesn’t care for Ronda Rousey. Saturday night, Tate will defend her crown against “Rowdy” Ronda live on Showtime in the main event of Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey, and apparently the stakes are than simply professional – they’re personal.
After Tate defeated Marloes Coenen to secure the title last year she was expecting to face someone like Sarah Kaufman or Alexis Davis. Instead, Strikeforce placed former Olympian Rousey into the bout based largely on a public campaign for the shot.
“Ronda hasn’t paid her dues whatsoever in MMA,” said Tate, in a recent interview with UFC’s website. “There’s no way that she’s more deserving of a title shot over Kaufman or Davis, and Ronda, in my opinion, is not a fighter.”
Tate says she has earned her position in the sport, but added, “I have to keep working to make sure that I stay on the top because there are a lot of really badass women out there, and they’re all hungry and they’re all gunning for me.”
Tune in to the broadcast when things fire up at 10:00 PM EST on Showtime. Prelims will air on Showtime Extreme starting two hours earlier.
PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE (Austin Hargrave)
MMATraining Take: Tate and Rousey have helped push the sport of women’s MMA to higher levels thanks to their bantering back and forth. The match up should be pretty interesting, as Rousey will try to secure another arm bar, while Tate uses her experience inside the cage to her advantage.