According to a Dec. 26 report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, hard-hitting 135-pound contender Miesha Tate (13-4) says bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey (7-0) is "just a body in the way of her title."
Tate, 27, is a perennial contender in the women's bantamweight division, and she'll be fighting for Rousey's belt on Dec. 28 in Las Vegas, Nev.
“I’m never going to offer her to come over and bake cupcakes with me or anything,” Tate said of Rousey. “She’s just going to be a body in the way of my title and that’s the way I want to keep it. I want to stay emotionally uninvested.”
Rousey and Tate will duke it out in the UFC 168 co-main, in an event that will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva.
Tate says she's more mentally focused than ever before, and she's not going to let Rousey get into her head this time around.
"I have to give her credit where credit is due. She definitely taught me something in that area. I don’t play it the same way she does, but I have developed the skill set to deal with it nonetheless,” Tate said. “I had to spend six weeks with her day in and day out and she was just nasty and mean and horrible to deal with and you have to learn a way to deal with it. For me, it needed to be different than the first time when I was the one that was angry all the time and she was the one laughing at me. I just got over it.
“For me, it’s not about her anymore so she has my respect as a fighter and an athlete and that’s it.”
Tate says she has never felt this good before a fight before.
“She had mental warfare as part of her arsenal the first time we fought and I didn’t. It wasn’t a weapon on my tool belt, but it’s something I learned the hard way,” Tate said. “I don’t consider it a mistake anymore, I consider it a learning experience. I learned a lot from that fight, not only how to be more technically sound as a fighter, but how to grow and be more mature as a person.
“I just let go of those feelings of animosity. That was a choice on my part and so is happiness, and I’m happy right now. I’m right where I want to be.”