Well, this was certainly unexpected! Despite being bitter rivals, UFC fighter Miesha Tate, admitted that she was actually rooting for Ronda Rousey in her knockout fight against Bethe Correia: ‘She got what was coming to her.’
Could Ronda Rousey‘s, 28, biggest supporter also be her biggest rival? Probably not, but Miesha Tate, 28, was admittedly cheering on the UFC champion in her fight against Bethe Correia, 32, in Rio De Janiero on Saturday, Aug. 1. Turns out, even ‘Cupcake’ (as Miesha is commonly referred to as) felt that Correia deserved what she got after making a series of veiled pre-fight comments about Ronda’s personal life. That and well, she just doesn’t “think that [Bethe] is that good.” Ouch!
As any UFC fan will tell you, there’s a lot of animosity between Miesha and Ronda — the former has faced the dominant champion in the ring twice in the past — but it turns out that even she felt that Bethe went too far by making a joke about Ronda committing suicide (her father died of a suicide) ahead of the UFC 190 showdown.
“If there was any time that I actually felt bad for Ronda and kind of sympathized with her, it was in this fight,” said Miesha to Yahoo! Sports. “I really thought that Bethe overstepped some personal boundaries that she just shouldn’t. I mean, Ronda and I are probably never going to get along. We’re probably never going to be friends, but there’s a certain amount of respect that one another should have for each other, as fighters, if nothing more. I think [Bethe] got what was coming to her.”
And that she did! After vowing to make Bethe suffer, Ronda went on to dispose of her Brazilian challenger within 34 seconds of the first round, making it one of the most memorable fights in women’s MMA recent history! With Bethe out of the way, fans are now eagerly awaiting to see who Ronda will take on next, as all signs continue to point to a third showdown between her and Miesha. “I’m going to beat up Bethe, then I’m going to take a couple of weeks to rest, and then I’m going to go beat up Miesha,” Ronda told Fox Sports ahead of the UFC 190 fight.
Let it be known, Miesha is staying ready and looking forward to the match perhaps more than anyone. “I think that would be great,” said Miesha about the rumored showdown. “I think that would be one of the biggest pay-per-views ever in history, if not blowing all the other ones out of the water. And if I get to fight Ronda on an amazing card like that, it’ll make it that much sweeter when I go out there and take the title.” Now those are fighting words!
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— Alyssa Montemurro