Former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champ Miesha Tate said on Jan. 17 via Facebook that she is not pleased with UFC champ Ronda Rousey's recent verbal attack on her boyfriend, UFC bantamweight contender Bryan Caraway.
"This is beyond stupid," Tate said of Rousey's comments about Caraway on Jay Mohr's "Mohr Stories" podcast. "Ronda knows it will never happen, yet she keeps making digs and calling him out. [She hides] behind the fact that she's a girl, which somehow makes her actions okay. To me it's a pathetic cry for attention and I'm done feeding into her [expletive]. People are already getting sick of her trashy comments and loud mouth. Let her talk, let her show her true colors."
Tate, 26, was responding to Rousey's answer to Mohr's question about her ability to beat a man in a cage fight.
Rousey's response was “Bryan Caraway.”
Caraway, a UFC fighter who is ranked No. 18 in the world in the male bantamweight division, is Tate's long-time boyfriend.
“I’d just like to take out her whole [expletive] crew,” Rousey said of Tate and company on the “Mohr Stories” podcast.
Later on the show, Rousey added another verbal pipe bomb aimed at Tate and Caraway.
“I’m not gonna put on a ski mask and go to Oregon or wherever their trailer is,” Rousey said, apparently making an attempt at a "white trash" joke.
The feud between Rousey and Caraway dates back to 2012, when the star judoka consistently trash-talked Tate in the lead-up to their Strikeforce fight on Showtime.
Caraway fired back at Rousey on Twitter by saying “I’ll knock her teeth dwn [sic] her throat the [sic] break her arm."
Caraway later apologized for his comments, and then went on to make a name for himself by winning back-to-back fights in the UFC to move into the top 20 in the world in the bantamweight division.
Tate's point seems to be that it's not fair for Caraway to take heat for ripping into Rousey, but she's allowed to do so just because she's a woman.
Rousey has a fight lined up against Liz Carmouche on Feb. 23 at UFC 157, so she picked quite an odd time to take a jab at Tate and company. One would think she would be focusing more on her upcoming opponent, rather than adding fuel to an old rivalry.
However, it makes perfect sense when considering the recent rumor that Tate will fight Cat Zingano in an upcoming UFC match.
The winner of that bout may very well be considered the No. 1 contender for the women's bantamweight belt, so Tate might have a chance to face Rousey before the end of 2013.