A week ago, UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey was under the impression her upcoming title-defense against Miesha Tate would serve as the main event on one of the company’s biggest shows of 2013. However, Rousey-Tate have since been bumped down to co-headlining status due to the rematch between middleweight legend Anderson Silva and new divisional king Chris Weidman. While such a development might seem disappointing on the surface, Rousey’s take is a bit different.
“I’m super stoked about being on the same card as Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman,” said Rousey in a recent interview with MMAJunkie, admitting, “It’ll alleviate some of the promotional stress and pressure because there’ll be more of us working to promote this big card.”
With less time spent doing media obligations, Rousey can instead focus her energy on winning her second skirmish inside the Octagon. In addition to the relief of a higher-profile pairing on the card, “Rowdy” Ronda is simply excited to have her match-up attached to an event hosting such a significant scrap.
“Their fight may very well be the fight of the year, maybe even in the history of the company, and I think it’s an honor to be a part of that,” explained Rousey.
Rousey-Tate recently wrapped up taping on TUF 18. The two tangled once before in Strikeforce with the unbeaten Rousey submitting Tate in the opening round of action.
UFC 168 is scheduled for December 28 in Las Vegas.
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