Strikeforce bantamweight champ Miesha Tate knows a great deal about her upcoming opponent Ronda Rousey, already being aware of Rousey’s Olympic judo background, overall power, and love of latching onto arms. However, what she’s not so sure of is how much heart “Rowdy” Ronda actually as.
Tate, who has been through some wars in her career, called Rousey’s desire into question in a recent blog entry where she pointed to the outspoken grappler’s inexperience as potentially being key in their headlining fight.
“My March 3 challenger and opponent, Ronda Rousey, has never faced this type of make or break moment during her 4-0 mixed martial arts career,” began Tate. “Yes, she was very accomplished as a judo player, winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, but she has yet to taste her own blood in a grueling MMA bout. She’s yet to prove she can battle back from any adversity at all. Questions have never been asked of her.”
“All four of her MMA wins so far have arrived inside the first minute, and she has yet to face anybody that has so much as tested her, let alone come close to disfiguring her face and beating her,” Tate viciously continued. “She’s been carefully matched, she’s been pampered, and she’s been protected. The truth is, going into this world title fight with me, Ronda is still (looking) to discover whether she is even a real fighter.”
It looks like the 25-year old Tate plans to test that theory in a few weeks by grinding Rousey down, adding, “(She) will learn just how hard and horrible the sport of mixed martial arts can be. I will take great pleasure in dragging her into deep waters for the first time in her life and then drowning her there.”
PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE