Strikeforce bantamweight champ Miesha Tate has offered up a handful of less-than complimentary takes on upcoming opponent Ronda Rousey during the build up to this weekend’s bout. One of the points Tate has brought to the table on more than one occasion has to do with Rousey’s relative lack of experience, questioning whether or not the unbeaten judoka is actually a “fighter”.
Tate’s assessment comes from the fact Rousey has finished all four of the foes she’s faced in the opening round of action and never been in any real positions of adversity, a fact Tate expects to change on Saturday night. However, Rousey doesn’t agree with Tate’s logic and said as much as a guest on a recent episode of Inside MMA.
“I don’t think allowing yourself to get punched in the face for a very long time makes you a better fighter,” explained Rousey. “She’s like, ‘Oh you just went out there and did your judo,’…okay, so I just went out there and finished more people in four matches than you did in your entire career and more efficiently, but somehow that makes me a worse fighter?”
While Rousey isn’t assuming she’ll take Tate out in a similar fashion she’ll certainly be looking for a quick stoppage, saying, “I always prepare for a five-round war but I aim for a first-round finish.”
Rousey-Tate will face off in the headliner this weekend on Showtime for the right to lay claim to the bantamweight title. The broadcast starts at 10:00 PM EST and also features fights such as K.J. Noons-Josh Thomson and Paul Daley-Kazuo Misaki. Prelims will air on Showtime Extreme in the hours preceding the main card.
Check out the full interview with Rousey below:
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MMATraining Take: I like Rousey a lot both in terms of ability and the way she carries herself in public. However, she’s blatantly wrong when it comes to Tate who has finished eight of the twelve opponents she’s beaten including four in the first frame.