“My goal going into this season of The Ultimate Fighter and this fight was to realize the truth that Ronda Rousey does not dictate Miesha Tate. Yes, I lost a fight to her once, but I think I grew a lot as both a fighter and a person. I just decided I was going to have fun with it and let go of the feelings of bitterness and anger I had towards her. I was going to be me no matter what. I learned a hard lesson that when emotions get involved and there is so much negativity, it just wasn’t helpful for me. It’s not the way I compete at my best so I had to learn to put those emotions aside. That’s why I attempted to shake her hand after each fight. That’s why I kept my cool.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey was a fan-favorite entering the Ultimate Fighter 18. However, opinions on Rousey have since been soured based on her behavior during the show where she was overly emotional at times and lacked a lot of sportsmanship in regards to rival Miesha Tate. Tate recently spoke to UFC.com about how things unfolded on TUF 18, the reason she was so determined to maintain professionalism rather than let her personal feelings take over, and why she expects a different result in their rematch at UFC 168.
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