Miesha Tate has praised Holly Holm for how she took out Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, but the latter’s rival believes “Rowdy” was dealing with personal issues prior to her defeat.
You know a fight was a big, big deal, when three weeks after the fact, people are still talking about it and debating why it ended in the manner it did. In this case, plenty of folks have argued that Rousey isn’t good enough to face a striker as dangerous as Holm. While others have opined that Rousey had too much on her plate, and just wasn’t properly prepared as a result. Many believe it’s a combination of all this.
Recently Tate appeared on the latest “Inside MMA“, and the bantamweight contender was of course, asked for her thoughts on Rousey – Holm. Tate credited Holm for executing the perfect gameplan against the Judoka, and argued the new champ is Rousey’s “kryptonite”. Tate also offered this take as well (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Maybe it was everything else with the leadup,” Tate said. “I’m now hearing that there’s a lot of personal issues. It just seemed like maybe Ronda was distracted a little bit. But I feel like Ronda has always had a lot on her plate. She’s always had a lot going on. I don’t think it’s ever a perfect training situation for anybody going into a fight, especially a title fight. They’re longer camps and there’s more demand for media and all those things. I think that’s just the way Ronda is used to dealing with things. I don’t know if there was really anything different this time other than she just didn’t seem like herself.”
It is true that Rousey always has a lot going on, what with media appearances, sponsorships etc, but this time around, there were reports of additional issues (Rousey’s mother blasting her coach Edmond Tarverdyan for example).
We haven’t heard much from Rousey, but it will be interesting to see if the star discusses what led up to the bout. Recently Dana White reported that Rousey admitted to being “exhausted” prior to UFC 193.