There's no love lost between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey. The two have even less in common. One of the things they DO have in common is losing, so Tate knows the mental state the former bantamweight champion is in and can sympathize.
“I’ve been there before -- not considering suicide, I never took it that seriously -- but I sympathize with those emotions. [Losing a big fight] was one of the hardest things I ever had to do and it’s a feeling that you cannot begin to understand until you’ve been at the bottom of the barrel and kicked while you are down.”
Tate's fights with Rousey have created quite the rivalry between the two. Because of this, a fight with Rousey wasn't JUST a fight to Tate. That level of expectation just means the greater the disappointment after a loss. A fact that Tate knows all too well... time two.
In order for Rousey to get back into the ring, she's going to have to let it go, get back in the gym and train even harder than she's ever done before. Tate knows... that's what she did.
“I think that this will be a pivotal moment in Ronda’s career. I think losses can break people to the point of no return... The world is curious to see when Ronda comes back whether she will be able to adjust or not. I think she’s a pretty headstrong person, but we’ll see what happens.”
Tate feels that her emotions may have gotten the better of her, especially in the second loss to Rousey.
“I think I wasn’t emotionally invested enough, actually. I was so drained and sick of being on ‘TUF,’ tired of seeing her every single day and trying to keep my cool that I think I fell flat going into that second fight. I don’t feel like I was as into it.”
After that loss, Tate learned to not spread herself too thin. Doing so only led to a dislike of the sport she was in love with.
“I was tired going into that fight and I wasn’t enjoying it anymore. That’s not a fun feeling. I got into this sport because I love it and I don’t want to hate it.”
Tate, now, is reenergized and focused on her Saturday night fight with Holly Holm. She's doing less outside of training. She feels she has what it takes to defeat Holm and if Rousey wants to face Tate when she returns, that works for Tate as well. If Rousey, instead, choses to avenge her only loss, that's perfectly okay with Tate too. She, like the rest of the world, would love to see that UFC matchup again.
“I want to see it again to see if [the upset] was real, too. I’m 100-percent on that page but they just might have to accept the terms that it won’t be a title fight, because I’m going to have the belt.”