"I'm just going to smash her. I want to knock her out," Tate said. "I want her to wake up and see the ceiling and the headlights, with me standing over here with the belt on already. I want the knockout, I want to knock her out. Absolutely. I could really care less about armbars at this point. I'm over the whole armbar thing. I mean, it would be ironic and funny if I won by armbar. I would take that too, but I would love nothing more than to break her jaw."
It's quite interesting that Tate came out with those comments, because she specifically said heading into this fight that she wouldn't let emotions come into play regarding her gameplan for UFC 168.
By saying she hopes to knock Rousey out, rather than just eking out a victory via submission, it almost seems there's an element of anger and resentment that came into play.
Tate will coach the latest iteration of the TUF franchise opposite Rousey, and the ladies will duke it out at the end of the show.
"These two aren't best friends," White said of Tate and Rousey. "They don't hang out on weekends. They don't send each other birthday cards or Christmas presents.
Rousey is a bit concerned with how she'll be portrayed on the show.
"As you get caught up in the moment, you do things, then reflect and think back on it like, 'Jesus, this is going to be on TV in front of the whole world.' It starts to freak you out," Rousey noted.
The tension that exists between Rousey (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Tate (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC), will culminate in December at UFC 168, as they fight in the co-main event of a card headlined by Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman.