According to an Aug. 18 Instagram post from Miesha Tate, the former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champ is annoyed that UFC star Ronda Rousey opted to play the race card when describing a situation during the filming of The Ultimate Fighter 18 that involved Armenian fight fans.
Tate, 27, took to Instagram to respond to Rousey's claim that something she did to antagonize Armenia during the filming of "TUF 18."
"Ronda is trying to make this into a racial issue when its the furthest thing from the truth, our camps clashed naturally, had nothing to do with race you will see when it airs there was nothing at all having to do with anyone's race such a stupid comment on her part," Tate said of the situation.
Tate's Instagram comments came on the heels of Rousey's explanation for giving "Cupcake" the middle finger during a recent staredown at the Los Angeles stop of the 2013 UFC World Tour.
Rousey said she gave Tate the finger because of something she did to antagonize Armenia during the filming of "TUF 18."
The star judoka wouldn't say what exactly that "something" is, but it sounded quite serious the way she described it.
"You have to realize me and Miesha already finished filming TUF, so no one really knows where we left off, but we do," Rousey said of her relationship with Tate. "I can't really say that much, but I definitely think things got worse between me and her. I can't really allude to why, but she's never gonna have an Armenia fan again. That's kind of why I like her less and it's very noticeable. It definitely didn't come out of nowhere. You have to watch the show to understand."
Fight fans are going to have to wait until Sept. 4 when The Ultimate Fighter 18 debuts on Fox Sports 1, to see what all the commotion is about.
Until we see what Tate actually said of Armenian fight fans during the show, fans and media can only speculate about the situation.
In all likelihood, it was a minor comment that Rousey is playing up to try to get a reaction while hyping the show's debut.
Tate has never been known to make controversial statements, let alone racist ones towards Armenian fight fans. This is one situation that we can likely chock up to Ronda being Ronda.