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Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg respond to Ronda Rousey’s media silence explanation

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Miesha Tate isn’t happy with what Ronda Rousey had to say over her long-term media silence before signing with WWE. Cris Cyborg is indifferent.

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Miesha Tate and Cris Cyborg have both moved far beyond their respective rivalries with Ronda Rousey. Tate is now retired and about to have a baby, and Cyborg is busy building the UFC’s 145-pound division as their champion. Of course, Rousey has moved over to WWE and is working on becoming a top professional wrestler.

But that doesn’t meant that Rousey has been forgotten by them.

Recently, Rousey explained why she went media silent for a long time after her first loss to Holly Holm. and part of her explanation could be viewed as a bit controversial:

“(Famous people) keep more and more of it to themselves. Why should I talk? I believe hearing me speak is a privilege, and it’s a privilege that’s been abused, so why not revoke it from everyone? I don’t believe public criticism beating you down is the right thing to do.”

For the most part, Tate and Cyborg have stayed silent about Rousey, even though they keep getting questioned about her. But when asked about these comments, Tate in particular couldn’t hold back from criticizing Rousey on an episode of MMA Tonight (transcribed by MMA Fighting):

“People are gonna say I’m being a hater but I’m gonna be honest, I think it’s a bit ridiculous and I think it’s very above herself,” said Tate. “This kind of attitude, this is where we butt heads. This is the point where we don’t agree. Sometimes Ronda will say something that’s humble and I’ll be like, ‘Hey, that’s a great comment.’ This is asinine.

“I think this is not the kind of attitude that you should have when you’re someone who is in the position of Ronda. Ronda’s very fortunate. Granted, she’s worked very hard but there’s a lot of people that work really, really hard and don’t get to that point of stardom or financial benefit or whatever it is. It’s a combined effort. To say ‘it’s a privilege to hear me speak’ is just sounds rude and full of herself. She really sounds full of herself.”

Cyborg also commented to EsNews (via MMA Junkie) on Rousey’s ideas, though she was far more measured:

““I think I don’t need to tell her anything. I think life has taught her a lot of things. I think a lot of things happened through her life and her career. I hope she’s learned something from that. Be humble and respect people. I think this is most important.”

“I don’t know her in person. I think if she’s not coming back to fight and she’s running away, that’s not going to change anything. But I’m not here to judge anybody.”