What started out as little more than hype through social media has turned into a full-fledged war between Rousey/Tate. The trash-talk grew in intensity the closer the two came to fighting in Strikeforce a few years ago and even resulted in a semi-headbutt from Rousey during their staredown at the weigh-ins. While Rousey’s decimation of Tate in the actual tilt should have marked the end to their anger, things appear to be as bad as ever based on their behavior in recent months. While some of it is certainly aimed at marketing, it is equally obvious Rousey and Tate won’t be exchanging Christmas cards anytime soon if ever.
Most Mixed Martial Artists enter match-ups with the mindset of the fight being a professional matter rather than a means of settling a personal vendetta. However, bouts occasionally come with bad blood between the involved participants and in the blink of an eye things can turn nasty. While boxing has its fair share of ugly incidents, the UFC is not without its own blemishes when it comes to competitors taking things a step or two over the line based on genuine dislike of a peer. Even as recently as this weekend, Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen nearly threw down outside of the Octagon. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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