Obviously Tate was just joking around, but it was still a strong emotional response that will undoubtedly raise eyebrows in the Rousey camp.
"I think that was the biggest problem last time was she got inside my head and she made me really, really angry. I just don't think I feed well off of negative energy," Tate said. "I'd rather just be positive about it and just be happy. I love the sport, I love fighting and that to me is definitely the key to victory. Other than that, I think I possess all the skills to beat her, I think I just need to calm down a little bit and not go grabbing a hold of her and letting her just launch me into an armbar again. It was just really stupid.
"I also need to stop the judo. I mean that's another part of it. If she goes out there and throws me and she can't armbar me, that's a big part of the fight too. That's what I'm going to do from now until December 28, it's going to be an anti-judo camp. It's never too early to train and practice that gameplan over and over and over. I'm going to beat it into my skull if I have to. Swear to God, she's not going to armbar me if it's the last thing I do. I will seriously shoot myself in the face before I leave that cage if she armbars me again. It can't happen."
Tate hit the proverbial nose on the head, as she must focus on judo if she hopes to beat Rousey on Dec. 28.
Rousey has beaten each of her first nine opponents via armbar, so Tate knows that is what she needs to focus on. Tate is set to fight Rousey in the co-main of UFC 168, which is set for Dec. 28 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Tate lost to Rousey via armbar the first time the ladies met, so a second straight loss with the same technique would obviously be devastating for the standout wrestler.
Tate's comments are sure to raise eyebrows because she shouldn't even have the thought of losing on her mind. She should be focused only on winning, not making comments about what she would do if she lost.
Fighting is all mental, so it's important to keep a winning mentality.