Ronda Rousey is choosing to actively ignore taunts from Miesha Tate. Recovering from her most recent knee surgery, after her historical loss to Holly Holm, the former champion has been keeping quiet in general while plotting a way to make a massive comeback.
Meanwhile, Miesha Tate, the current reigning title holder, is using the silence from Ronda’s end to throw as many taunts and insults her way.
“She seems awfully pouty about the loss,” Miesha Tate said according to ESPN. “And it’s like, we’ve all had losses, you know, either get up and get back on the horse and come back stronger for it, or you sit out for over a year.”
“I’m at the best point of my career, and she’s at the worst,” she continued. “I feel crazy possessive over that thing [the championship belt]; that’s my baby. I’m going to protect it. I’ve been defeated before, but I’ve come back stronger for it. I question whether she will be able to do the same.”
This wasn’t the only time that the reigning UFC 196 champion took a stab at Ronda Rousey. In another recent interview, she questioned whether Ronda has the mental resilience needed to win her glory back.
“I think Ronda is somewhat emotionally unstable,” Miesha said according to Maxim, “And I think that’s been characteristic for a long time […] Doesn’t mean [Rousey] fights any worse for it. I’m not knocking her as an athlete but emotionally she’s just got some things that are a little bit strange and I think that that was one of them.”
Miesha won back the title by defeating Holm at UFC 196 in March this year. Ever since then, she has been flaunting her belt whenever she could.
These are all the things that she is provoking Ronda to take up the next fight with her before she is truly ready.
The 29-year-old fighter from California has admitted that she is more vulnerable now than she has ever been before. When she was picked as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, she expressed her grief over losing the title.
“I’m still grieving the person that could have won it all. But I have to live up to the fact that I’m not her, that’s just who I’d like to be, and instead I’m what I need to be, for myself and everyone else,” Ronda said to Time.
Since then, she has keeping silence in the media and in her social media accounts, sticking to posting about her favorite songs and inspirational quotes, not fighting back to the insults.
But Dana White, the president of UFC, seems to believe that Ronda is ready for her comeback.
“I’m hoping we’re going to get Ronda back this year,” Dana White said to ESPN. “She just had surgery yesterday on her knee — nothing serious, just get in there and scope it, clean it out a little bit.
“She feels great. Her spirits are great. She’s been training. If she fights, I’m hoping she fights December. If not, she would probably fight at the New Year’s show at beginning of [next] year,” he added.
Whatever the people around her are saying about her next fight, Ronda is concentrating on healing herself, both physically and mentally. And one of the best ways of doing that is through simple retail therapy!
“She had knee surgery one week ago,” reports the Daily Mail. “And Ronda Rousey was indulging in some retail therapy as she was spotted in Santa Monica, California, this Wednesday. The 29-year-old mixed martial artist looked remarkably relaxed and happy as she checked out some clothing stores.”
Do you think Ronda will announce her next fight dates soon?
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