According to a Dec. 29 post from RoxanneModafferi.net, TUF 18 contestant Roxanne Modafferi has mixed feelings on the way UFC bantamweight champ "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey (8-0) acted inside the cage following her UFC 168 victory over Miesha Tate.
On one hand, Modafferi totally understands why Rousey wouldn't want to shake someone's hand who disrespected her family.
On the other hand, "The Happy Warrior" knows young girls look up to Rousey as a role model, so she thinks its important that the star judoka sets a positive example for the next generation of WMMA stars.
"I don’t care if Nick Diaz flips off cameras. But somehow it’s different for me for the females," Modafferi said. "Maybe because we have only a few women who are in the spotlight right now, to look up to. I care very much that my little 7-year-old girl student is posting on Facebook pictures of herself in a T shirt that says 'Stay calm and break arms,' scowling, with a mean face, trying to be like Ronda.
"Don’t be angry, you’re seven. I choose to be 'the Happy Warrior' as an adult choice. Tons of young female fighters – from 4 yrs old and up, are looking to her as a role-model. But Ronda should do what’s in her heart. She feels that Miesha is being fake. Who are we to expect her to go against her heart and shake Miesha’s hand in what society deems as ‘sportsman-like?’ And how about flipping her off on camera in TUF all the time?
"I won’t say what she should or should not do."
Rousey, 26, refused to shake her opponent's hand after winning at UFC 168 because she feels Tate acted in a disrespectful manner towards her coaching staff.
“It’s the price of the role I was in,” Rousey said after she was booed by the crowd for not shaking Tate's hand. “When she formally apologizes to my coaches and they accept it, I’ll shake her hand. She’s a great fighter, she had my respect, but she needs to make up for the things she’s done.”
Rousey's whole gimmick is that she's "real mean," and not "fake nice" like Tate. She thinks Tate is someone who will trash-talk behind someone's back and then act friendly to them in person.
Rousey's decision to not shake Tate's hand fits with her gimmick because it would be "fake nice" to accept the gesture. Rousey doesn't like Tate, so why should she shake the hand of someone she has no respect for?