It appears Strikeforce bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey is as vicious a competitor outside of the ring as she is inside it. After taking out Miesha Tate earlier this month with an opening round submission, Rousey didn’t back off of the former title-holder in post-fight comments, saying she was perfectly fine with having wrung Tate’s arm out like a wet mop given the 25-year old’s decision to delay her decision to tap out.
Weeks later it appears the feud between the two talented 135ers is still simmering with Tate recently talking to media about the match-up, expressing her belief that she was actually winning the fight before being locked into an evening-ending Armbar. As might be expected, Rousey had a completely different view of how things unfolded inside the cage and was more than happy to share them in response to Tate’s allegations.
“I don’t think there’s any way she could argue that she was winning that fight at all,” explained the understandably offended Rousey in an interview with BloodyElbow. “If you just look at the striking stats, I landed 43 strikes and she landed 11. If you look at the actual damage, she was bruised up on her leg and her face, not to mention her arm. The only point in the fight where she could say she was being the least bit dominant, is the part where she had my back, but she definitely landed fewer strikes from the back, and had zero submission attempts. The one time she tried to do something, she lost her position immediately. That wasn’t a dominant position for her, that was pretty much her holding on for dear life.”
“I had more takedowns than her. I had more submission attempts. I had more landed strikes. Even if you just look at it on paper, I had more dominant positions, more strikes…I beat her in every single category,” Rousey continued. “Anyone watching the fight wouldn’t have thought that she was winning at any point. I don’t know what fight she was watching, but it might be a different one than the one I’m looking at.
As far as Tate belittling Rousey’s skillset in terms of still being a one-trick pony, “Rowdy” Ronda responded with the stark honesty in part endearing her to MMA fans everywhere since her arrival on the scene.
“It just kind of makes her sound dumb,” said the unbeaten judoka. “Everyone knows that I wanted to Armbar her, and there was nothing she could do to stop me, even with months of preparation. I think that proves a lot. It’s like she’s not even looking at the actual situation. I don’t know what match she was watching, to really think that.”
Rousey concluded by saying she would be open to a rematch down the road but currently her focus was on Sarah Kaufman who she summed up as being a bigger threat than Tate based purely on overall striking ability.
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