Miesha Tate Rips Ronda Rousey’s Coach for Suggesting Fight Against Cris Cyborg
During Ronda Rousey’s run as UFC women’s bantamweight champion, the one opponent that was talked about more than any other was a showdown against featherweight wrecking machine Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
Despite Cyborg asking for the fight on numerous occasions, Rousey shot down the matchup on numerous occasions pointing towards the Brazilian’s past suspension due to performance enhancing drugs and then demanding that she move down to 135-pounds if she really wanted to pursue the matchup.
Ultimately the fight never came together and Rousey suffered two knockout losses in a row that may have brought about the end of her fighting career. Just recently, however, Rousey’s head coach Edmond Tarverydan suggested that if the former UFC champion opted for one more fight he’d like to see her take on Cyborg in that long talked about matchup.
Cyborg immediately shot down the fight, especially considering where Rousey’s at in her career compared to even just two years ago while she’s reigning as the UFC women’s featherweight champion who hasn’t lost in nearly 12 years.
Miesha Tate, who was arguably Rousey’s greatest rival during her career, also scoffed at the idea of the matchup and rallied against Tarverdyan for even suggesting the possibility that fight taking place right now.
“I’m gonna give Cyborg a round of applause, because she wouldn’t look anymore like a bully than if she took that fight with Ronda,” Tate said on her SiriusXM radio show MMA Tonight. “I mean that would be ridiculous. It’s just nonsense to even think about that. I cannot believe that Edmond would suggest something so asinine.”
Tate believes the idea spawned from Tarverdyan’s own need for a payday considering that Rousey was the highest profile fighter on his roster, that has dwindled greatly over the past few years after working with several top UFC competitors.
“It’s just kind of silly. I think Edmond just wants another payday so he can try to pay off his bankruptcy issues, because Jiminy Christmas. Poor Ronda,” Tate said. “I’m not her biggest fan, but I wouldn’t even want to see that fight. I’m not her biggest fan, but I don’t want to see her get slaughtered by Cyborg at this point in her career, either. It’s not appealing. That’s not what this sport is about. It’s about great competitive matchups and I just don’t feel like it’s even fair to ask for something like that.
“If you were looking out for your athlete, why would you do that?”
While Cyborg suggested in a separate response that she would prefer to see Rousey face Tate for a third time should she ever return, the now retired former women’s bantamweight champion is in a different place in her life as well as she focuses on new endeavors such as her Sirius XM show as well as managing fighters.
It’s not likely Tate will bury the hatchet with Rousey now or at anytime in the future, but she would never fault her former opponent from riding off into the sunset with her health and wealth in tact while never stepping back into the Octagon again.
“We’re all at different stages in our career and life,” Tate said. “Cyborg’s still fighting and I am not and I don’t believe Ronda will. She’s been very absent, she doesn’t even want people asking about her MMA career. You’ve to got wonder, she just got married and everything. I don’t see her coming back. I think she’s got a good deal with the WWE and probably gonna want to start a family, I know she’s alluded to that earlier on.
“It’s not a real topic of discussion.”