One of the biggest feuds in the history of Mixed Martial Arts may have ended inside the cage, but the overall dislike between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey still exists. Tate, when on the MMA Hour discussed how even after retiring at UFC 205, she wouldn’t be friendly to her biggest rival.
“I wouldn’t say hi to her and I doubt that she would say hi to me either…I think that we would just be like ‘oh’ and walk away from each other, like, awkward.”
The feud spanning from their time in Strikeforce, to their UFC careers, helped garner both fighters the spotlight as two of the faces of Women’s MMA. And while there is a stark and noticeable rift between both fighters, Tate says she doesn’t hate the former UFC champion.
“I don’t hate Ronda, I really don’t,” Tate said. “I don’t like her, but hate is such a strong word. I don’t like her because we don’t see a lot eye to eye, and we’ve had some bad conversations and I feel like she’s been very disrespectful. But at the end of the day, I’m not the person to harness hate toward someone, so, out of respect to her, I’d be like ‘hey,’ you know? There have been a couple occasions before things got way more heated where we were sort of okay, like ‘hi, bye’ okay, and I was fine with that, you know? But I think it’s more her terms than mine, which is fine.”
“I kind of regret not being able to fight Ronda for a third time, I would have liked for that to happen,” Tate said. “But I think we’re both at different points and it didn’t. So I can’t live with it as a regret. I don’t regret losing to Ronda, it was a all really good learning experiences and I learned from them earlier in my career and I was able to come back better from my losses.”
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