"After the fight, both teams were walking back to the dressing rooms and Ronda walked past me and threatened me, saying something like: 'For laughing at Shayna’s pain, I’m going to hurt you.' Well, guess what, I’m in the hurt business and I’m not afraid of you," Tate said. "I’ve taken your best and I’m coming back for more. But the threat didn’t bother me, what bothered me is she had the balls to accuse me of laughing at Shayna losing, like somehow Ronda and Shayna were best friends and I had no prior relationship with her.
"The truth is I have known Shayna – and I mean known personally, not just admired her as a fighter and an athlete – for longer than Ronda has been in mixed martial arts. I’ve probably known her for longer than Ronda has known what MMA actually is. So for Ronda to dare to tell me that I was 'laughing' at 'her' fighter’s 'pain' was really pathetic and I think shows everyone the kind of person she really is. This is sport, it is competition and for there to be a winner, there has to be a loser. Real athletes and competitors celebrate their victories – not their opponent’s defeats – and laughing at someone missing out on what has been their lifelong dream is something that would never even occur to me."
Tate is set to fight Rousey in the co-main event of UFC 168, on Dec. 28 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Their fight is getting hyped up each week on "TUF 18," since they coach opposite each other on the show. Following Baszler's loss, Tate took a verbal jab at Rousey's matchmaking skills.
"She cannot stand not having her own way," Tate said. "She made massive tactical mistakes in picking the fight, and then massive coaching mistakes and you saw the result.
"It was a stupid fight to make, and even more stupid after the result not to see it was a mistake. Put it this way: Joe Silva isn’t losing sleep thinking he’s going to one day lose his UFC matchmaking job to Ronda Rousey because – as we saw – Ronda sucks at matchmaking."