The upcoming fight between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate has had a lot of hype leading up to it, in part from UFC’s choice to promote both women in The Ultimate Fighter 18 fashion, but also because they just don’t get along or like each other. That is always a way to get people interested in a fight, to have the competitors dislike each other. In the case of Miesha Tate, she feels that Ronda Rousey hasn’t earned her spot as the Queen of MMA.
According to Miesha Tate, Rousey has seen incredible returns on her efforts while other Women’s MMA pioneers haven’t gotten the same respect. [link]
“Every single woman that fights MMA has done just as much work as Ronda has, we just haven’t gotten as much turnaround,” said Tate on FOX Sports. “Those women who came before her haven’t been on magazine covers, they weren’t plastered everywhere by the UFC. They didn’t get the same reward back. She got 10 times back what she was putting in and maybe everyone else was getting 1 to 1.”
“That motivates me. I think about the sacrifices I had to put into this sport and the girls before me, they sacrificed even more.”
“I know what it was like to be fighting for breadcrumbs and not to be taken seriously. I didn’t just jump into this. It’s no disrespect to Ronda, she’s a great athlete. But there’s another side to the story that people aren’t seeing. Girls didn’t get the same things Ronda has gotten.”