Ronda Rousey has taken an aggressive approach to marketing herself and it’s paid off in the form of a title shot against Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champ Miesha Tate.
According to Tate in a recent interview with MMAHeat, that self-marketing campaign has also bought Rousey the ire of the champion. If Rousey’s goal was to get under Tate’s skin, she’s done it. But, the champion says it won’t be doing her any good on fight night.
“I think it’s just what I need, actually,” Tate said of Rousey getting on her nerves. “I think that I’ve been fighting for long enough that sometimes I get a little bit comfortable, that’s the truth of the matter. And when you don’t like someone, the idea of losing to them is just unbearable. Like, I cannot think of losing to this girl, it cannot happen. My pride is on the line here, people. You don’t understand. It’s not just winning the fight or keeping my title, it’s like, this bi*** is not going to beat me, there’s no way this is going to happen. I think, for me, it’s just going to make it that much more exciting because you’re going to see a much more exhilarated me, you’re going to see a much more pumped and vicious, I think. I don’t want to just like fight this girl, I don’t want to just beat her, I want to really hurt her. I really do, I want to like mar her face if at all possible, that’d be nice.”
Tate will get her chance to put Rousey in her place when they meet at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on March 3, headlining the Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey fight card. You can catch Tate’s full interview with MMAHeat below.