Now that Miesha Tate choked out Holly Holm at UFC 196 Saturday night to win the Women’s bantamweight championship, it is believed her first title defense will be against longtime rival Ronda Rousey, an opponent she’s lost to twice before. However, Tate told The Jim Rome Show on Wednesday that she’s never felt low enough to where she became suicidal, like Rousey claimed after losing to Holm in November, but she can still relate to how hard it is to lose.
“I felt bad in a way, because I sympathize for [Rousey] in those emotions of feeling so down. I’ve never been to the point where I’ve considered taking my own life over this sport, but I have been down to the point where I felt like my soul was dead. So I can sympathize with that, and I know how hard it is,” Tate said.
Although, Tate admitted she thinks Rousey’s loss to Holm was good for the previously undefeated fighter, calling it “humbling.”
“Now maybe she can understand what’s it’s been like for everyone she’s defeated and just kind of walked over,” Tate said. “When you lose, it’s really, really hard. It’s really devastating, and I understand what she’s going through, because I’ve been there before, and we all go through those things in life. Those emotions, you get that when you get down and out and you get knocked down and get kicked while you’re down, and you just got to kind of pick yourself up by the boot straps, put one foot in front of the other, and that’s the reason why I’m the world champion today.
Tate even went as far as saying she is grateful for Rousey beating her twice before.
“I’ve lost to Ronda twice, yes, but did I let it break me? Absolutely not. I’m stronger now for those losses than I ever would have been if I would have just been winning my entire career. So I’m thankful for those, thankful to have Ronda apart of my career.”
The 29-year-old champion said her many years of fighting have given her the ability to see certain traits in other fighters, and she doesn’t see the ability to bounce back in Rousey.
“I can tell you, I’ve been doing this sport for a long time. I think I’m one of the longest veterans of this sport. I’ve been fighting for 10 years. There’s things that I can recognize in other athletes. I can recognize greatness. Ronda has greatness, Holly has greatness. I recognize that. I feel like those are some things that are similar that we have,” Tate said. “But what I don’t recognize in Ronda is the will to build herself back up from this breaking point.”
Tate says Rousey’s mind has been pulled in every direction except figuring out a way to fight back.
“She hit such a low, and I haven’t heard her say the things that I would want to hear someone say if they really wanted to come back from something like that. I’ve been hearing her say more things like her reason for sticking around is because she’s in love with Travis [Browne] and she wants to have his babies. That is not something I want to hear,” Tate said. “Unbiasedly, if I’m thinking I want this women to come back and be a champion again, what I’m looking to hear is I’m going to come back better, I’m going to come stronger, I will be the champion again. I haven’t heard her say those things, so it makes me really wonder where is her mind at. Is she already off doing the movies and ready to have babies, ready to become a mom? Is she ready to walk away from the sport? Has she already done what she was set out to do? She’s defeated now. Her whole mantra, her whole career was based off of being undefeated, so now that hasn’t gone her way and then also, I beat Holly, which is another thing that hasn’t gone her way, it seems like this is a mental downward spiral for her, and I just haven’t heard the things that would make me think that she is going to come back better for it.”
When asked if Tate thinks Rousey may never fight again, the champion didn’t flinch.
“Possibly. I wouldn’t put it past the situation, just from my observance,” Tate said. “But I could be wrong. I don’t know Ronda on a personal level that well, so I may be wrong, but if she is the women that I step into the cage with next, or at any point, I will be ready. I know that about myself, because I have been forged by this sport time and time again, and mentally I know I have it.”
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