As much as UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey doesn’t like rival Miesha Tate, she has “something close to hate” for Cupcake’s bantamweight boyfriend, Bryan Caraway.
At the TD Garden in Boston Friday, Rowdy Rousey was asked during a Q&A if she hated Tate. Rousey quickly turned her answer into a jab at Caraway.
“Hate is a very strong word. I don’t hate her at all. Caraway, I have something close to hate. I have a strong disdain for him,” she said. “But Miesha, I think most people are an average of the five people you’re around the most and I think he takes up her entire five. She’s a very impressionable and malleable person from what I’ve seen of her.”
Rousey also went on to say that Tate appears to be more successful when Caraway isn’t around.
“I think she actually won her title when Caraway was off doing TUF or something like that,” she said. “When he’s not around she’s a much nicer person. I kind of feel bad for her because of her situation.”
Miesha Tate won the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title on July 30, 2011 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. She defeated Marloes Coenen by arm-triangle choke submission at 3:03 in the fourth round. At the time, Caraway was competing on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. He was picked as the second featherweight on Team Miller, and the fourth pick overall. Caraway made it to the semi-finals, but was knocked out by Diego Brandao in the first round.
Another fan asked Rousey to play “Kill, marry, or armbar,” with Caraway, Tate, and Tito Ortiz as options.
“Kill Caraway,” she said. “I’d armbar Tito, and me and Miesha are going to Vegas. Only because Miesha seems like a pushover in a relationship.”
Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate are coaches on season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter, which will feature male and female fighters for the first time. The season premieres September 4.
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