Post-Retirement: Miesha Tate Still Doesn’t Like Ronda Rousey

Miesha Tate

The biggest female rivalry in the history of MMA was between former champs Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Although the rivalry has disappeared since their second fight at UFC 164, a trilogy never came to fruition, Tate addressed her feelings towards Rousey in post-retirement and her feelings hasn’t much changed!

In an interview on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Tate expressed her thoughts on Rousey if they ever come across each other again in life.

I wouldn’t say hi to her and I doubt that she would say hi to me either, I think that we would just be like ‘oh’ and walk away from each other, like, awkward.

Tate added,

I don’t hate Ronda, I really don’t, I don’t like her, but hate is such a strong word. I don’t like her because we don’t see a lot eye to eye, and we’ve had some bad conversations and I feel like she’s been very disrespectful. But at the end of the day, I’m not the person to harness hate toward someone, so, out of respect to her, I’d be like ‘hey,’ you know? There have been a couple occasions before things got way more heated where we were sort of okay, like ‘hi, bye’ okay, and I was fine with that, you know? But I think it’s more her terms than mine, which is fine.

Following a two-fight losing streak against Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington, respectively, Tate announced her retirement from mixed martial arts in December 2016. The former UFC and STRIKEFORCE champion has no interest in returning after a 10 year MMA career.

Tate said,

I don’t like I need to be fighting in there anymore. You know, 10 years was enough to fulfill that for me. I felt like I did everything, and accomplished a lot even though there more I would have liked to do, but there’s always going to be more. So really it’s just transitions to other things in my life that I want to do and what I want to accomplish. And it’s so nice not having the looming pressure of a fight overhead. It’s a lot of stress, it’s a lot of work, and a lot of sacrifice.

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