"This was cut from the show but after I put Julianna down and she started celebrating with the other coaches, I went right over to Shayna to commiserate her," Tate said. "I told her that I was so sorry it had to be like this, that I had wanted her on my team badly, that I was a fan of hers and that I know she will be in the UFC regardless one day. But, apparently, I’m not supposed to celebrate my team’s victories.
"After the fight, both teams were walking back to the dressing rooms and Ronda walked past me and threatened me, saying something like: 'For laughing at Shayna’s pain, I’m going to hurt you.'"
Many fight fans were shocked by Baszler's loss on "TUF 18," as she is considered to be one of the greatest pioneers in the sport of WMMA.
"Well, guess what, I’m in the hurt business and I’m not afraid of you. I’ve taken your best and I’m coming back for more. But the threat didn’t bother me, what bothered me is she had the balls to accuse me of laughing at Shayna losing, like somehow Ronda and Shayna were best friends and I had no prior relationship with her," Tate said. "The truth is I have known Shayna – and I mean known personally, not just admired her as a fighter and an athlete – for longer than Ronda has been in mixed martial arts.
"I’ve probably known her for longer than Ronda has known what MMA actually is. So for Ronda to dare to tell me that I was “laughing” at “her” fighter’s “pain” was really pathetic and I think shows everyone the kind of person she really is. This is sport, it is competition and for there to be a winner, there has to be a loser. Real athletes and competitors celebrate their victories – not their opponent’s defeats – and laughing at someone missing out on what has been their lifelong dream is something that would never even occur to me."
In honor of Baszler and the ladies on "TUF 18," here's a look at the top ten greatest pioneers in WMMA.