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Exclusive: Confident in Her Skill and Preparation for Tate, Rousey Not Even Entertaining the Notion She Could Lose

By Crooklyn

                                                      (Photo courtesy of Getty/ForzaLLC)

As we wind down this frenetic week of anticipation for arguably the biggest fight in WMMA historyRonda Rousey is taking a load off and catching some much needed rest. Despite being run down from days that start at 5 a.m. and end well past the hours of normalcy, she is still generous with her time, and graciously granted another interview, among a seemingly unending stream of Q&A requests ahead of her first MMA title bout Saturday night. The focal point is always the same from one interview to the next: Miesha Tate.

In this latest visit with the former Olympian, “Rowdy” discusses several more topics, including Tate’s striking, and the misconceptions some may have about her ability to go into the later rounds if need be.

Deep Water

“I think it’s just dumb that she assumes that my conditioning wouldn’t be very good. I’m an Olympic athlete, and before that I was a swimmer. I’ve been an athlete since I was six years old. To assume that I would gas out is dumb, and to assume that I have horrible striking is dumb. I think the only way that she can convince herself that she has a chance is to tell herself that everything that she hasn’t seen isn’t there. I think she’s so scared of that first exchange, because I’ve gotten everybody, so far, in that first exchange. I think she’s telling herself that once she gets past that first minute, that she’s safe, but that’s totally not the case.”

(Video courtesy of YouTube/ShoSports)

Tate’s Striking

“Her striking is not the least bit impressive, at all. Just look at their attempt to show any of her highlights. One highlight shows her hitting Marloes Coenen once, and then she loses her and falls against the cage. There’s another one where she tries to kick this one chick, and the other chick throws her. She doesn’t really have any striking to speak of. From what I’ve seen, it’s not impressive. It’s much less impressive than my absent striking that people haven’t seen.”

Strikeforce Marketing of This Fight

“I think it’s been great. I’m really happy with the job that Strikeforce and ZUFFA and Showtime have done. They’ve all done a fabulous job, and I hear that the ads are playing all the time. I think there are so many people that are excited to see this fight. I feel really lucky that they put out this amount of effort for one of my fights.”

Fighting On Emotion

“She’s never had to deal with any up front confrontation like this before. She’s never had to deal with the attention in a fight like this before. She’s never been the main event before, whereas I’ve been at the highest level of sports. I was in the Olympics twice, and I prepared my whole life for that. There’s no way to replicate that amount of pressure. This is a fight that entered my mind a few months ago. We trained and we talked and now we’re going to fight. It’s not like something I was aspiring toward since I was a little girl, and now it’s coming down to one day. It pales in comparison. I’m definitely going to deal with the pressure and the attention much more easily than she is.”

Pressure (or lack thereof) of being a 4 to 1 Favorite

“It’s more pressure to her, because now she knows that pretty much everyone thinks she’s going to lose. Psychologically, that’s got to impact you. She’s already come out and said ‘Oh, if I lose I’m thinking about changing my weight class’ or ‘I think taking the modest approach, it’s easier to lose.’ I don’t even entertain the possibility that I could lose, and she’s already setting herself up to fall.”

Even amid the onset of a much needed nap, the confidence Rousey exudes is almost palpable. She is as cool as a cucumber in this final stretch of the countdown to Saturday, and definitely has her eyes on the prize. When asked, in closing, if she was prepared to be the new face of women’s MMA, should she win. Without missing a beat, and absent of any hesitation, she replied, “I’m prepared for anything. I’m Ronda Freakin’ Rousey.”

Follow Ronda via her Twitter @RondaRousey.


  1. Fried Taco Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 11:21

    How could you leave out the part where she professes her love for Fried Taco?!?
  2. ReX13 Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 11:37

    Back off, Fred. That's my gilfriend.
  3. HandsofGold Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 11:39

    Its a fight between two girls..... GARBO!
  4. google Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 11:49

    of course she said ok to the interview, could be the last(hopefully) anyone cares. Milk that 15 min.
  5. monkyspunk Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 12:04

    I'm going with Tate on with one.
  6. Sloppyspray Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 12:07

    Am I the only one starting to get annoyed with her and how full of herself she is? I mean she acts like there has never been an Olympic caliber mma fighter who has gassed before, and acts as if b/c she was in the Olympics she's this person that is automatically superior to her counter-parts. There have been a lot of professional fighters (both mma and boxing) who competed in the Olympics and all of them have lost before, and a lot of them have not had incredibly successful mma careers. I dunno, she just gets irritating, which is strange b/c I love Chael Sonnen's act.
  7. J. Spaceman Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 12:12

    Can we please be done with womens’ MMA after this? I mean, it should be fun to watch Miesha get Paul Harris’ed in the arm and all. But, after this, what do we have to look forward to? Cyborg turned out to be a dude so he won’t be fighting anytime soon. And I sure as fuck don’t want to sit through another half-dozen snooze-fests to find Rousey’s next less-attractive armbar victim.
  8. IronClad Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 12:36

    SO sick of hearing about Ronda Rousey. Its impossible to follow all this little grade school girl drama as to why they hate each other. I dont fucking give a dick about any of it. Rousey is a loud mouthed outspoken cunt who trys to hard to be like Chael Sonnen, only problem is nobody care or knows of this Rousey character. Plus Tate is way hotter
  9. HandsofGold Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 12:46

    My thing is she wants to talk this shit about the olympics yet she placed third. To a real competitor you would not be happy with third place. What the fuck is there to brag about? You sucked worse then two other people. Now go down to the pet shop and get that shit nawd off your face.
  10. RSparrow Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 01:18

    "Ronda Rousey is taking a load off and getting some much needed rest...".
  11. Stak40 Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 01:33

    HandsofGold and a head full air and space. I rarely insult people intelligence, mostly their moms and occasionally their preference for fighters and women but this >>>>My thing is she wants to talk this shit about the olympics yet she placed third. To a real competitor you would not be happy with third place. What the fuck is there to brag about? You sucked worse then two other people.
  12. intercept440 Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 01:51

    ^yea she was third of 2 other people, but she beat out the entire nation of other competitors to get there....ide say thats pretty fucking good...
  13. Opeth Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 02:01

    She actually lost her quarter-final bout and finished 4th, but Olympic judo awards 2 bronze medals through the repechage bracket.
  14. Adolf_Hitler Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 02:26

    damn the ad of her on the right side of the screen makes her look like she has a huge beer belly, not flattering at all
  15. Jackbequick Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 02:43

    Tate best win this one, or at least break Rowdy's jaw. Otherwise, we are going to have to hear that annoying bitch run her mouth for at least another three months.
  16. HandsofGold Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 05:28

    @Stak40 dont be butt hurt. Its the truth deal with it.
  17. xrefused Says:

    Thu, 03/01/12 - 06:16

    At least Ronda rousey can finish fucking fights, I'm pretty sure mieshas average wrestling won't get her the win. Maybe if rousey breaks her hand on that giant schnoz she won't be able to keep fighting.
  18. JustAnotherMMAFan Says:

    Fri, 03/02/12 - 04:20

    Oh, spare us, Ronda! In any other sport, you wouldn't have been a medalist. There are TWO bronze medals in judo, and you lost to the other chick who got the bronze medal. In fact, you didn't advance past the quarterfinals, and got that consolation repechage bracket bronze medal. Hope Miesha kicks your behind badly. You are annoying!
  19. Joedirt Says:

    Fri, 03/02/12 - 05:57

    She won a medal representing the US while you fat slobs sat on your couch eating doritos and you have the nerve to challenge her accomplishments? Wow. What have any of YOU done??? I'm asking the ones being dicks. Of course she will use the Olympics as an example for fight experience, she's only had a few fights. Cheer for Tate or don't watch but you can't knock her medal. She's no more confident than any other fighter talking before a fight... I say props to her. If she didn't have that attitude this fight wouldn't be getting the coverage it is.
  20. KarmaAteMyCat Says:

    Fri, 03/02/12 - 06:52

    Joedirt is right. Why would anyone challenge her credentials? This includes but does not limit them to Judo,Wrestling,Jujitsu and Sambo because she's done all those styles. I just don't understand the mentality of shitting on someone who represents my country. I know this much she could likely kick all of our asses with one Judo toss accept mine of course cause I do all that UFC stuff! BAH! In all seriousness though this is a very winnable fight for her and if Tate lets her close the distance you'll quickly find out.
  21. Joedirt Says:

    Fri, 03/02/12 - 07:10

    I think that any time 2 girls fight there is a chance that a boob could come loose. That on it's own makes this fight worth watching. Cheers Karma.
  22. NomadRip Says:

    Fri, 03/02/12 - 07:59

    If Tate's talking like that, then she's right. Tate doesn't stand a chance in this one. My future ex-wife is winning that belt.
  23. ArmFarmer Says:

    Fri, 03/02/12 - 11:50

    I'm sure Henderson and Couture have like never mentioned their wrestling background as credentials and a reason they have the advantage.. right.. and neither of them even have a medal. Most of the male olympic wrestlers in mma were just alternates anyway, but we still here about their "olympic caliber wrestling". I'm not trying to dis those guys, just using them as comparison. If you are olympic caliber in a sport, then you are going to have a distinct advantage in that area regardless if you even actually competed.
  24. ArmFarmer Says:

    Fri, 03/02/12 - 11:52

    @sloppyspray, yes I'm getting sick of both of their mouths/attitudes.. especially Rondas. I just want them to fight and get it over with, and hopefully they will shut up afterwards.
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