According to a Dec. 24 post from FOX Sports, UFC bantamweight contender Miesha Tate (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) says 135-pound champ "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) appeals to "the pro wrestling demographic" that enjoys drama and controversy rather than the pure athleticism displayed inside the cage.
"She runs her mouth," Tate said of Rousey. "She's very loud, very boisterous, very opinionated. Love her or hate her, you take notice of her. I think that's the biggest thing. She's different than most of the girls who fight in MMA.
"A lot of fans out there have the WWE mentality. Those are the fans that fell hook line and sinker and loved her. She was that controversial one, that s**t talker, she started drama."
In pro wrestling, fans get sucked into scripted story-lines that are based on drama between two rivals.
Since MMA isn't scripted, the athletes are usually respectful towards each other and the average fight lacks real-life "beef" between combatants.
Rousey changed all that with her wacky antics.
“She had mental warfare in her arsenal the first time we fought, and I didn’t,” Tate said of Rousey. “It wasn’t a weapon on my toolbelt.
“She was turning the sport into something I didn’t love anymore. She was making it horrible. I didn’t like it, so I had to change my frame of mind.”
Taking a cue from UFC star Chael Sonnen, Rousey has been loud, opinionated and brash throughout her career.
Some UFC fans love that about Rousey, while others are turned off by it. Whether they like it or not, it's hard to argue that they will watch her anyways.
At the end of the day, that's all that really matters.
Rousey and Tate are set to square off on Dec. 28 in the co-main of UFC 168 in Las Vegas, Nev.
“It’s so important for me to win this fight, and it feels just as important to them,” Tate said. “That’s awesome because, with coaches before, I’ve had the feeling they didn’t care as much as I did, and that sucks.”