“(The experience on TUF 18) made me a stronger person the same way being the bigger person when she flips me off makes me. I think that’s the harder choice because it’s easy to lash out, but it’s harder to keep your cool and take the high road. People think that’s me being fake, but I’m not going to give her the satisfaction of pissing me off. She doesn’t get to do that. She doesn’t get to make me angry. Yeah, she’s Ronda and she is going to do whatever she wants, but she doesn’t get to dictate how I feel. She says she’s being “real” but in my opinion she’s a real bitch. That’s what I think. She uses this being real thing as an excuse to stomp her feet and act like a brat. If people think that is being real then I would rather be fake. She tried all her antics on me during the show and it made her angry that she doesn’t have that emotional control on me like she did before.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Gary A. Vasquez-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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