Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champions Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey have been enemies since their days in Strikeforce.
A retired Tate believes that Rousey isn’t entirely happy with her legacy when it comes to the fighter’s professional MMA career.
“It’s very Ronda-esque,” Miesha Tate said on MMA Tonight (via Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “Look, she’s not wrong even though it’s a bit arrogant, but that’s the style that people have appreciated about Ronda. It’s not necessarily something I appreciate about Ronda, but when you talk about her legacy this does sum it up in one quote, really. It’s that she knows she has value and interest but she also doesn’t really give a sh*t what anybody else wants to hear. She’s not entirely an open book. She’s not there entirely for the fans, selflessly. Ronda has always been about Ronda so it doesn’t surprise me. She’s continuing to be exactly how she’s always been. Again, not wrong, but when I listen to this, she almost sounds emotional. I don’t think she’s entirely happy with her legacy. The point that Ronda makes about us not deserving to hear it and about the vulnerability, I think that it speaks again to point that she left the sport worse than she entered it.”
Tate retired after a loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205, while Rousey has yet to retire, despite not competing since UFC 207.
One thing Tate also believes is that Rousey has an inflated ego and still has issues with her own legacy.
“She has that inflated ego, she does have all of those things,” Tate said. “I talk about myself and we’re polar opposites, that’s why we never really got along. I started my career off a loss. I started my career with the humble approach, so I’m a very open book. I’ve got nothing to hide. I win some, I’ve lost some, I don’t have the need to put myself on a pedestal or not be an open book. I enjoy being transparent because I hope that somebody can take something away from my gains and my losses. I’ve lost horribly in front of the entire world and so did Ronda. She has a chance here to open up and to give some insight and perspective and motivation but she’s obviously not at that point where she feels good enough about her own legacy to be vulnerable and to reflect and give back. She’s obviously not in a good place with it. That’s my takeaway when I see this, that she’s not prepared to be vulnerable in front of us.”
Rousey holds two victories over Tate, picking up victories at both Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey and UFC 168.