On today's Joe Rogan Experience podcast, UFC women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate told Rogan a story about an alleged nasty encounter between Ronda Rousey and Paige VanZant at a Reebok event. Here's a partial transcript of what was relayed: (Full transcript + Video can be viewed here)
Tate: "So Paige was also at that VIP party, and Paige and I have spoke, we're friendly. Don't know her that well. Anyway, she felt the need, she came up to me like 'Miesha Miesha Miesha, I have to tell you this experience I had with Ronda.' I'm like 'Oh, what?' And she's like 'Well we were at a Reebok deal just recently, and we were at a shoot, and I was trying to find her so we could get a picture, and the Reebok people were like 'Don't ask Ronda for a picture.'' She was like 'Why?' They were like 'Don't, just stay away from Ronda, don't ask her for a picture.' She was like 'Okay...'.
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And I guess Ronda came later that day and seeked her out. And just cussed her out. They've never really had a conversation either. She's like 'I don't know Ronda other than hi, bye.' That's it. I guess she came up, Ronda came up and was like 'F**k you, you fairweathered bitch. How dare you cross me.' She (Paige) was like 'Cross you? What are you talking about?' And she (Rousey) is like 'You congratulated Holly Holm for beating me, so f**k you, you f**king fairweathered 115-pound...". She just went off on Paige.
Well it didn't take long for VanZant to respond, as TMZ reached out to her for comment, and she said that the incident did happen.
"It appears that I offended Ronda by congratulating Holly after her victory." VanZant said. "The incident was very shocking and totally unnecessary."
VanZant (6-2) is currently on ABC's Dancing With the Stars competition and does not have a fight booked. The 22-year-old strawweight prospect eyed a return at UFC 200, but has since postponed her target date to late-August due to the time-consuming nature of DWTS.
According to TMZ, they reached out to Rousey for comment, "but she ain't talkin."