Miesha Tate has made it clear that she believes Ronda Rousey, whom she’ll face this Saturday in defense of her title, is undeserving of her shot at the belt.
Rousey, a Bronze medalist in judo from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing who’s finished her first four pro MMA opponents via first round armbar, thinks that a true champion should take on all comers without complaint. To Rousey, Tate’s assertion that there’s anyone out there more deserving of a shot than the opponent she’s been matched up with is akin to picking and choosing her fights — something that a champion never does.
“I think that it really isn’t behavior becoming of a champion,” Rousey recently told FightHubTV of Tate. “If I was the champ — which I very much intend on being — anybody who challenges me for my title, come and get it. It’s not my job to say who deserves it or whatever. If someone was going, ‘Hey yo, I’m wanna come beat you up dudududu’, I’d be like, ‘What? You said that about me? Come and get it. Come up here and get it immediately, please.’ I wouldn’t be like, ‘Oh, no, no, this person is really who I should be fighting and not this person.’ It doesn’t seem like the kind of behavior that someone who’s the best in the world would exhibit.”
Rousey will get her chance to show the world how a champion should act this Saturday when she takes on Miesha Tate for the title at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.