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Ronda Rousey says Miesha Tate is likely the last opponent she'll have drama with

According to a Jan. 9 report from Yahoo! Sports, undefeated UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (8-0) says Miesha Tate is probably the last opponent she'll have drama with.

Rousey, 26, thinks having a personal feud with Tate helped pushed WMMA to the next level.

However, she feels the sport is now in such a good place that drama is no longer necessary when it comes to marketing.

"Then, it was kind of like a necessary evil," Ronda explained of the over-the-top dramatics that helped sell her fight with Tate.

"Now, I feel like women's MMA is at a point where it's not needed. So, I don't really have to partake anymore even if someone is, like, starting a fight with me. It's very lucrative for the other girls so even if they try to start with me now, I really don't have to oblige anymore. Yeah, so, Miesha's probably the last person I'll engage in that type of way."

Rousey says she doesn't mind playing the role of the bad guy, as she admits she always wanted to be a villain.

"I've never acted like a nice, sweet, young, American girl!" Rousey exclaimed.

"My first walkout song was 'Sex and violence.'[laughs]...I always wanted to be the heel. I'm sure people are still going to boo me...that's fine. That's the way it is. It's like I said, 'Saint McMann.' They're gonna love her."

Analysis: History dictates that real-life rivalries equate to huge ratings, so Rousey's argument might be a bit off the mark.

At the end of the day, fight fans like to see two people duke it out who have a true dislike for one another.

It's true that MMA is a sport that's all about testing fighting skills, but it adds an extra level of intensity when there's a real "beef" involved.

With that said, it wouldn't hurt for Rousey to have another juicy personal feud with a future opponent. It will only help her sell more pay-per-views.