Rousey and Tate have fought twice before, and on both occasions, “Rowdy” walked away as the winner. Before each fight the bantamweights openly feuded in the media, and that didn’t change after the they fought for a second time.
Well, not long after Holly Holm viciously KO’d Rousey at UFC 193, Tate didn’t pull any verbal punches when asked to comment on the result. The bantamweight contender appeared more recently on MMA Junkie.com Radio, however, and Tate admitted that maybe the heat of the moment got the best of her.
But, none of this means that Tate was sad to see Rousey get finished, however, as “Cupcake” also relayed the following (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I don’t feel sorry for her – I think she kind of got what was coming to her,” Tate said. “This was something that was long overdue. I feel like maybe now she’s going to be more humble in her approach. I would respect her even more as an athlete and as a competitor. I would respect her more if she was a little bit more humble in her approach to all of this. She doesn’t feel sorry me in for my position so no, it is what it is. It’s the fight game and she signed on the dotted line. They both showed up, and Holly was the better fighter.”
None of this should come as a surprise of course, but is interesting to hear Tate’s take on the defeat nonetheless.
It will be interesting to see what comes next for Tate, and if Rousey’s loss could play a factor. Tate also noted in the interview that Rousey has said she doesn’t want to fight before July, so naturally, she wants to fight Holm next.
Tate was expected to receive another title shot after she decisioned Jessica Eye last summer, but the promotion changed gears and went with Holm. Could the UFC move ahead with Holm-Tate? One would think the odds are against it but you never know.