Ronda Rousey went looking for a fight with Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champ Miesha Tate and she got it, but Tate thinks that the MMA newcomer has bitten off more than she can chew.
An Olympic-caliber Judo player who burst onto the MMA scene last year with four straight first round armbar victories, Rousey’s impressive career start and prodding of Tate shook up the women’s MMA scene and earned her a title shot. Though Tate has respect for Rousey’s abilities and believes she’ll pose a legitimate challenge come fight night, she recently told MMAJunkie that she thinks Rousey has sealed her own fate by getting her as riled up as Rowdy has.
“I think that this fight is exactly what I need because I think my other fights, I’ve maintained a very calm and very focused demeanor, but I really don’t want this fight to be calm. I want this fight to be explosive and powerful, and I want it to say a lot,” Tate said. “I feel like the energy I feel in myself coming into this whole thing, I’m still several weeks out, and I’m just so amped for this fight to happen. I haven’t experienced that in a long time.
“She’s probably the person I dislike the most out of anyone in my career I’ve had the opportunity to fight, and I think that adds an interesting element. I’m going to have a lot more passion, a lot more fire and a lot more just wanting to beat her ass. I really do. I want to go out there and punch her in the face. I want to elbow her. I’m going to try and cut her open if I can. I’m not just going out there to win this fight. I really want to hurt this girl.”
Tate and Rousey will meet under the Strikeforce banner on March 3 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.