Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate have had their differences in the past. Since they fought twice in 2012 and 2013 and coaching against each other at The Ultimate Fighter, the two women never really got along on a personal level.
So when asked the hypothetical question of whose career she prefers to have between Rousey and current champion Amanda Nunes, Tate had this to day.
If @MieshaTate could take her fighter hat off and have the career of either Amanda Nunes or Ronda Rousey, which would she choose and why? She gives her answer to @RyanMcKinnell and explains her choice. pic.twitter.com/F6voTd8EiB— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) June 27, 2019
“You know, this is such a weird question, because I feel like before I had my daughter, I for sure would have been like, ‘I’d rather have Amanda’s,’ to be honest,” Tate told MMA Tonight co-host Ryan McKinnell (transcript by MMA Junkie). “But then looking at everything that is to gain from the popularity and securing my daughter’s future, it’s almost like, how do you do it all?
“If you’d said something like Ronda hadn’t earned all of this … you know (but) Ronda did. She won, she did everything, she dominated, she did a lot of great things. She just got 100-fold recognition for everything she did.”
“Cupcake” does maintain her dislike for Rousey’s personality, but holds a significant amount of respect for her rival as a fighter.
“Let’s take the names out of it,” she said. “Would you rather win every bout – let’s assume we’re talking greatest of all time – while (Ronda) was winning and she gets 100 percent return on it, or would you rather put 100 percent effort into it and get 50 percent return on it?
“So I’m looking at this, and I’m gonna say, you know what? I’d rather have Ronda’s career. If you ask me who I’d rather be, I would say Amanda. But if you’re talking about I’m gonna put 110 percent into this and what do you want to get out of it? Do you want to get 100 percent out of it, or do you want to get 50 percent out of it? I’m gonna say I want 100 percent.”
Rousey has been out of competition since December 2016, when she was stopped by Nunes inside 48 seconds of action at UFC 207. Nunes, meanwhile, is scheduled to defend her title against Holly Holm, which co-headlines UFC 239 on July 6th in Las Vegas.