Ronda Rousey refuses to shake Miesha Tate’s hand (GIF)

Ronda Rousey Miesha Tate handshakeThe beef between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate is real.

After defeating Tate by third-round armbar at UFC 168 on Saturday, Rousey refused to shake her opponent’s hand. Tate extended her hand as a show of sportsmanship, but Rousey turned her back on her enemy.

Rousey explained after the fight that Tate went too far by insulting her family. She said she wouldn’t shake her hand for doing that.

“Once you insult my family, I can’t shake your hand,” Rousey said. “For me family comes before anything. I can’t shake the hand of someone who spits on my back.”

Though it’s unclear exactly what Tate did to insult Rousey’s family, this probably goes back to something that happened on “The Ultimate Fighter.” The two fighters have despised each other for years and traded insults all throughout their training and time as opposing coaches on the UFC reality show. Rousey holding a grudge and maintaining it after winning further shows how strong her feelings are for Tate.

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Ronda Rousey submits Miesha Tate with armbar (GIF)

Ronda Rousey Miesha TateMiesha Tate did what nobody else has ever been able to do: take Ronda Rousey past the first round of a fight. But she eventually succumbed the same way all of Rousey’s opponents have in the past — by submitting because of an armbar.

Rousey submitted Tate in the third round of their UFC 168 fight to remain undefeated. She is now 8-0, while Tate is now 13-5 and has lost three of her last four.

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Ronda Rousey too cocky entering fight with Miesha Tate

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey is a huge favorite entering her rematch with Miesha Tate at UFC 168 for good reason. Rousey is 7-0 and has won all seven of her fights by first-round submission. She is an armbar machine, and it was only in her most recent fight against Liz Carmouche that she looked anything less than invincible. But Rousey is too cocky entering this fight.

Rousey will be starring in “Fast & Furious 7″ and “The Expendables 3″ and has been filming scenes for both movies. Filming has been time consuming; the long hours led to Rousey getting sick, which she says rarely happens. Rousey told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that the reason she filmed while preparing for a fight was to further challenge herself because just beating Tate again wouldn’t have been enough. You can hear Ariel’s question about filming the movies around the 1:10 mark in the video below:

“I need to prove people wrong about something,” Rousey tells Helwani. “I can’t just have everyone think it’s a foregone conclusion [that I'm going to win]. That doesn’t do anything for me, that doesn’t get me motivated. I need to have people doubting me. And I needed to create a reason for people to doubt me because I already won the UFC title and I already beat Miesha. So I needed to come up with a way to make it even harder and more difficult for people to be like, ‘Is that even really possible?’

“I need to find a way to make sure I’m doing something that’s never been done before for every single fight because that’s the only way I’m going to fight to my fullest potential.”

Despite the balancing act, Rousey says she feels great and that she’s never felt better entering a fight.

Feeling a need to challenge yourself and creating more obstacles is nothing new for top athletes, but it’s certainly risky. Rousey is making it sound like just beating Tate again wouldn’t be enough for her. I’m not sure why she feels that is the case. What, does she want to strap one arm behind her back and see if she can win? Will she only feel satisfied if she beats Tate by hopping on one leg?

It’s a dangerous attitude for her to have, even if I still think she’ll win the fight. She needs to give Tate much more credit than that.

Ronda Rousey would give Miesha Tate lube for Christmas

Ronda Rousey SantaRonda Rousey’s dirty and inappropriate mind was at work again when she was asked what she would give Miesha Tate for Christmas.

Rousey did a video for FOX where she was asked what she would give as Christmas gifts to multiple MMA personalities. A lot of the gifts she mentioned were nice and thoughtful. That was until she was asked what she would give Tate, her nemesis and upcoming opponent.

“I’d get her some lube for [Bryan] Carraway, because spitting on it’s just mean.”

Carraway, of course, is Tate’s boyfriend, who also happens to be an MMA fighter.

Ronda Rousey for ya, everybody.

The rivalry between her and Tate is definitely one of the fiercest in all sports. It’s seriously at Auburn-Alabama levels.

Oh, and after volunteering answers like that to innocent questions, it seems wrong for Rousey to get upset when people ask her sex questions

Her mustache trimmer gift for Cyborg Santos was pretty funny, too, though.

Miesha Tate posing nude like Ronda Rousey is not hypocritical

Miesha Tate Ronda RouseyMMA fighter Miesha Tate was one of the many athletes who posed nude for ESPN The Magazine’s Body issue, and her photos caused some to call her a hypocrite.

Tate’s nemesis in the female fight game, Ronda Rousey, posed nude for ESPN the Magazine last year. Tate was among those who criticized Rousey for the appearance. Tate was not critical of Rousey for taking off her clothes and promoting her sexiness. Rather, Tate said Rousey posing nude was hypocritical because Rousey was critical of UFC ring girls for posing in Playboy.

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“I just get so tired of Ronda criticizing everyone else,” Tate told MMA Heat last year. “I think we should just all live our lives and I don’t really care what she does or what anyone else does. It’s not our place to judge. I’m just sick of hearing her mouth off about other girls this and that, and Kim that, the Playboy girls this. I’m just like ‘just shut up’.

“To me it’s so stupid that you would talk crap about ring girls doing Playboy, which that’s kind of what their appeal is – it’s a sex appeal. For an athlete, there’s no real reason to have to get nude, although I think there’s nothing wrong with ESPN. I don’t think what Ronda did was wrong. I’m just saying it’s not okay to talk crap about the ring girls and then get 1 percent less naked, and say it’s okay. To me it kind of falls in that hypocrisy.”

[Photo: Dana White wears T-shirt of Ronda Rousey’s nude magazine cover]

So you got that? Tate never said she was opposed to selling her sex appeal, nor did she ever say there was anything wrong with ESPN or posing for the magazine. She just said talking crap about others for doing it and then doing it yourself makes you hypocritical.

You can see the photos of Tate below – beware, they are likely NSFW:

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Miesha Tate: Cat Zingano hit me with illegal knee

Miesha Tate Cat Zingano illegal knee

Miesha Tate lost to Cat Zingano by third-round TKO at The Ultimate Fighter Finale 17 on Saturday and complained afterwards that the fight was stopped too early and that she was struck by an illegal knee.

Tate was in control most of the first two rounds of the fight. She repeatedly sought submissions in the second round — either by heel hook or armbar — but was unable to land either one. In the third round, Zingano came out and immediately got a takedown, and then dominated from top position. She nailed Tate with blow after blow to the face and body.

Halfway through the round, after receiving several blows to her face and nose, Tate fought to stand up. Just as she was standing up, Zingano nailed her with a knee that dropped her back to the ground. Tate fought to get back up again, but Zingano crushed her with three straight knees and an elbow to the head that forced the referee to stop the fight.

Tate may have felt the stoppage was too early, but I don’t. She was hardly able to defend herself and she was getting pummeled. I thought it was a good stoppage.

As for the potentially illegal knee, that’s a more legitimate point.

Under the “Fouls” section of the UFC’s rules, it states that you are not allowed to knee the head of a grounded opponent.

One could argue that Tate’s finger tips were touching the canvas at the time she was kneed, which would make the knee illegal. If it was illegal, it was by the slightest margin. I thought the rulings were fine.

To me, the biggest issue for Tate is her strength. She wasn’t strong enough to submit Zingano, and she struggled to get out from under Zingano in the third round.

Tate and Zingano earned Fight of the Night bonuses while Zingano will be a coach opposite Ronda Rousey on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. Zingano will face Rousey in a UFC title match.

Miesha Tate calls Ronda Rousey a hypocrite for posing nude

Miesha Tate looks like she’s doing her best to set up a rematch with Ronda Rousey. Tate is the former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion, but she lost her title to Rousey (pictured) in March by way of first-round arm bar. The two exchanged shots in the buildup to the bout, including Tate saying Rousey talked her way into a fight she didn’t deserve. Rousey proved she was ready for the title shot by almost snapping Tate’s arm.

Now it’s Tate talking her way into a fight.

Tate sent some tweets on Tuesday calling out Ronda Rousey for being a hypocrite for posing nude in ESPN the Magazine. The basis for Tate calling Rousey a hypocrite was the latter’s criticism of UFC ring girls posing nude in Playboy.

“With all these ring girls and their vaginas, all of this goes back to advice my mom gave me,” Rousey told Tap Out Radio in February. “She gave me this one piece of advice, which I still hold dear. She said, ‘Look, whatever pictures you put out there are gonna be out there forever, so just think that one day your 12 or 13-year-old son or daughter is going to see those pictures. Whatever you want your son or daughter, or even your 13-year-old little sister to see, keep that in mind.’ So, whatever I’m not gonna show on a beach, I’m not gonna show in a magazine. These girls are going to have to explain to their kids one day why mommy’s a– and vagina are all over the place.”

Enter Tate on Tuesday:

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