According to Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey’s suicide statement on the Ellen DeGeneres Show wasn’t literal. She may have allegedly slammed her follow mixed martial arts athlete, but now she’s momentarily taking off the proverbial gloves as she prepares to possibly follow in Rousey’s footsteps on March 5.
Earlier, Tate had added insult to injury when she’d poked fun at her longtime rival’s defeat. She had agreed with a swarm of internet statements about how Rousey had been pulling a Kanye West (acting like nobody had a right to beat her) and then fell to Holly Holm. Rousey’s confession on DeGeneres’ show sparked insults and a massive loss of respect for the formerly undefeated MMA champion.
Those who aren’t slamming Rousey for her comments probably know what she actually meant. On Tuesday, Tate clarified herself and took a more sensitive approach, possibly taking some of the sting out of her earlier blow to Ronda’s reputation.
Miesha Tate said Ronda Rousey probably wasn’t actually planning on suicide, but was understandably upset, says Web Pro News.
“When [Rousey] says like, ‘Oh, I was, you know, considering suicide,’ I don’t necessarily think she meant like ‘Oh, I’m going to go home and, you know, actually do it,’ but it just feels like you want to die. … I’ve never considered taking my own life. For me, especially religiously, it is just never an option for me.”
Rousey had most likely been training for months for the fight with Holly Holm, and her cocky attitude was possibly a way of psyching herself up and staying positive. When it all fell apart with a kick that reportedly made her dizzy, costing her the fight, that positivity probably gave way to something darker. Having been training from a young age and won an Olympic medal, Rousey had likely felt she’d wasted her life at the moment she’d lost.
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It seems Miesha Tate felt Ronda Rousey’s pain when she’d mentioned suicide. At a young age, Rousey’s father had committed suicide and it undoubtedly left a lasting impression on her as she grew up. Traumatic experiences have a tendency to come back to us in moments of public humiliation. If Holly Holm can do to Miesha what she’d done to Ronda, the new contender may find herself falling into similar feelings. Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey have both lost loved ones to suicide, Tate revealed.
Fox News states that Miesha opened up about her own experience with the thoughts.
“I had a boyfriend who committed suicide, early on in my life, and I promised that I would never do that to the people who are around me. So, no matter how down and out I get, taking my own life is not an option. But, I understand those emotions of feeling like you’ve lost everything.”
The chances that a similar defeat will affect Miesha Tate like it did Ronda Rousey are lower though. Rousey had been known for her short matches where she’d defeated all comers in a matter of seconds. Holm had defeated her similarly, with a kick which ended up costing Rousey the fight. Tate has no such record.
The internet’s reaction to Ronda Rousey’s suicide admission is still generally a loss of respect. For most of 2015, the MMA champion had been talking down opponents, and even trading put-downs with boxing heavyweight Floyd Mayweather, Jr.. With that kind of reputation suddenly broken, the mention of considering suicide has been viewed as Rousey simply being a sore loser.
There is no solid word yet on when Miesha Tate’s rival, Ronda Rousey, plans to try reclaiming her title. When she does, she has a lot more than Holly Holm to take down next time.
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