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Ronda Rousey's handshake snub could set up trilogy fight against Miesha Tate

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According to a Jan. 8 report from MMA Fighting, UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey (8-0) doesn't regret her decision to snub Miesha Tate (13-5) of a handshake following their fight in the co-main of UFC 168.

Rousey, 26, says it would have been "fake nice" had she shook Tate's hand, and that would go against everything she stands for.

"It's not a fakeable moment and it was entirely the right thing to do because I didn't think about it," Rousey said of not shaking Tate's hand. "It was immediate. It was just like, ‘nope.' Maybe if I took the time to think about it I would have changed my mind, but then it would have been the wrong decision, because it would have meant that my first inclination, I mean, I had that for a reason.

"I stood my ground in a very difficult situation where I would be extremely criticized for doing so."

Rousey even went so far as to say that Tate was just playing it up for the cameras by assuming the "victim" role.

The star judoka feels that Tate wouldn't have tried to shake her hand if the fight was held in a private gym.

"I really think that if me and her fought alone in her gym if there weren't people there watching, she wouldn't have offered her hand to me," Rousey explained. "Her actions were entirely influenced by being watched. My actions were all despite being watched."

Rousey refusing to shake Tate's hand essentially means that their long-standing "beef" hasn't been officially squashed.

Fight fans and media members continue to ask Rousey about Tate every time they see her, so it's clear things haven't been fully settled.

Since the feud between Rousey and Tate still lingers, it would make sense for them to fight again someday.

While Rousey dominated Tate both times the ladies met inside the cage, there's still plenty of time left in their careers for the tides to turn.

And in the MMA world, that can happen in a hurry.

Tate is just 27 years old, so its not ridiculous to assume she could continue to compete for another seven to eight years.

The same can be said for Rousey, who is still just 26 years old.

If Tate goes on a three-fight win streak and Rousey happens to lose a couple in a row, there's no reason to believe they won't meet again inside the cage.

Fight fans love to see brawlers go at it when there's a real-life feud involved, and that's exactly what you have with Rousey and Tate.

Interest in a trilogy fight might not be there at present time, but it wouldn't be all that surprising for the stars to align in a couple years for Rousey vs Tate III.


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