Tate likened Rousey to a "cool" girl in high school who also happened to be a bully. Often times in high school, the popular students gain their status by trying to act cooler than other students.
In some cases, that turns into bullying. Tate thinks that's exactly the case with Rousey, and she wants the bullying to come to an end.
“Ronda has been the ‘cool girl’. A lot of times the bully in school is the ‘cool person’, but when you grow up and start to realize that’s not cool, people will see the truth," Tate said of Rousey. "They’ll see why it’s been impossible for me to like Ronda… There’s no way I could possibly like her. She’s been incredibly rude to me from the very beginning. That’s how our rivalry got started. It’s not going to change with her attitude. She was very disrespectful on the show. I think that’s what she’s more worried because honestly, her true colors came out in that six weeks.”
“She's happy and laughing when she’s making jokes at someone else’s expense,. Other than that, she’s a pretty rude person.”
Tate makes a great point. It's always better to be a buddy than a bully. Once you're out of high school, bullying is no longer the thing to do.
Now that Rousey is 26, she should know that it's important to set a good example for young up-and-coming fighters. That means toning down the bullying tactics and acting in a friendlier manner towards her opponents.
"She puts on this tough girl act. She flips me off, she cusses me out, she does all these things I really think deep down inside because she respects me a lot. She is realizing the first time [we fought] that she was able to get away with that and it bothered me and she was able to emotionally manipulate me. This time it's not. I think she's even more aggravated about it and that's why she's really escalated," Tate said.
Tate and Rousey are set to fight in the co-main of UFC 168, live in Las Vegas on Dec. 28.