Earlier this week, undefeated judoka Ronda Rousey admitted a good deal of the perceived animosity between her and Strikeforce bantamweight champ Miesha Tate was manufactured as a means of selling their March 3 match-up. However, based on some recent statements Tate made questioning Rousey’s fortitude while labeling her as “carefully matched,” “pampered,” and “protected,” that may have changed.
“Rowdy” Ronda responded to the comments in what appears wholeheartedly genuine blog of her own and is anything but complimentary of her upcoming adversary.
“I read recently on Miesha’s blog that she thinks that she has the heart of a champion because in her first MMA bout was getting punched till she got a bloody nose, was losing a match and then came back to win. She then stated that I’ve been pampered and protected for my whole career,” Rousey wrote.
“Let me give you a little insight into my pampered upbringing,” she continued before listing off a plethora of adverse situations she’d dealt with in her life. In summation:
Age 11 – “I broke my big toe doing judo. To an 11 year old this is a very big deal, so I stopped fighting and started to cry. My mother then made me run laps around the mat for the rest for the night. I thought she was just being cruel at the time but she told me, ‘Sometimes you have to fight when you’re injured. You need to know you’re capable of that.’”
Age 15 – “ (I) broke three bones in my foot (jumping over a fence, during my first and only attempt to try and ditch class) That weekend my mom sent me up to northern California to fight in two divisions in a tournament that was hosted by the club of one of my biggest rivals at the time. I was sent with no coach and injured, fought eight matches in front of a bias crowd that were cheering against me. When I asked my mom why she would do something so mean she said, ‘You won’t always have a coach, the crowd won’t always like you, and you won’t always be healthy when you fight. You need to know you can win anyway.’”
Age 16 – “I tore my ACL during practice. My mom made me finish training that night as well as the following morning before I got another coach to look at my knee. They sent me in for an MRI and found that my ACL was totally missing. A month or so later I got surgery. Two weeks after surgery I was already back on the mat doing push-ups and sit-ups, whatever I could do without using my knee. A week later I was drilling ne-waza (ground techniques) and continued to only focus on my ground game till I could fight standing again.”
Age 18 – “I fought in the German open. My first match was against Finland. I was winning until the last 45 seconds when I tried a risky throw which unfortunately set myself up for an armbar. Before I could believe it, she already dislocated my elbow. I remember thinking: “Well…its already out, tapping won’t make it better, I only have 45 seconds…” I didn’t tap, I kept fighting and my elbow snapped back into place, she popped it out again before I finally escaped the hold and was able to relocate my elbow a second time. I stood up, continued fighting, and won.
Age 20 – “I tore the meniscus in my knee almost in half. One half flipped over and it jammed my knee into place. I couldn’t bend or straighten it and needed surgery immediately. Unfortunately the Pan American championships were a week away and it was an extremely crucial competition when it came to qualifying the 70kg category for the USA in the 2008 Olympics.
Her MMA Debut – Less than a year ago my first pro fight was against Ediene Gomes, a 6-1 Brazilian from American Top Team. Three days before the fight I incurred a brutal pitbull bite that required nine stitches, the wound went down to the bone and the doctor said I was lucky the teeth just barely missed my tendons. I needed this fight, and refused to withdrawal. I asked the doctor if I would permanently injure myself if I fought. He said no, but I would be in a world of pain and the stitches would burst open by the end of the first round. I made myself go through weigh-ins without limping. I stripped naked on the scale (though my opponent was four lbs heavy) so the towels would cover my foot (there were no socks allowed). When it came time to fight, I won in 26 seconds. I didn’t have another option.
In closing, Rousey summed things up succinctly, stating, “I don’t know what Miesha thinks being ‘Pampered and Protected’ means, but I suggest she invests in a dictionary.”
PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE