According to a July 3 report from Philly.com, UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey (9-0) has blossomed into a great actress, and she's proven to be so good that she landed parts in "The Expendables 3," the new "Fast and Furious" flick and even the forthcoming "Entourage" movie. Rousey, 27, has some exciting roles coming up, but she may have done her finest acting of all-time in the lead-up to her UFC 168 bout against Miesha Tate.
Rousey and Tate supposedly had a real-life feud that extended as far back as 2011, and fight fans bought into the rivalry so much that UFC 168 drew over a million pay-per-view buys. But now, just six months later, there's reason to believe that Rousey and Tate are actually the best of friends behind the scenes. Seconds after UFC 168, Rousey broke "heel" character by noting that she respects Tate as a fighter.
Rousey, who fights Alexis Davis this weekend at UFC 175, told Joe Rogan that Tate did an amazing job in their fight at UFC 168. Tate also had kind words for her supposed arch rival, saying she's thankful to have Rousey in her life. With Rousey and Tate shooting compliments to each other across multiple media platforms, it seems they are getting along better than ever and perhaps attached at the hip behind the scenes.
Did Rousey troll thousands of UFC fans by pretending like she has a real-life rivalry with Tate, just to get them to buy UFC 168? It's certainly a possibility. Rousey is a known pro wrestling fan, where scripted storylines reign supreme in promotions such as TNA and the WWE. In the aforementioned promotions, the heel vs. babyface narrative gets fans invested in the drama of each match. Rousey likely took note of how the WWE plays it, and decided to build some drama of her own.
In all likelihood, Tate and Rousey aren't baking cupcakes with each other, or enjoying any girly slumber parties together. You're not going to find them partying together, but it's clear by now that they aren't the bitter enemies they would like for us to believe. Since Rousey makes bonus cash from pay-per-view buys, it was in her best interest to get fans to purchase UFC 168. That said, she knew hyping a rivalry with Tate would help sell the fight to casual fans.
Did it work? Indeed. UFC 168 was a massive success, driven by what could have been a not-so-intense rivalry between Rousey and Tate. Was it all an act? Fight fans may never know, but it's clear by now their feud wasn't as dramatic as what they made us believe last year. The truth may not come out until years from now, long after Tate and Rousey hang up the gloves for good. Rousey is putting acting aside for a crack at Alexis Davis this weekend at UFC 175, while Tate is slated to fight Rin Nakai in Japan.