No one wants to fight Ronda Rousey.
That's what Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White wants you to believe at least. When he presented "Rowdy" with her official UFC title and announced her first bout inside the Octagon, at UFC 157 on Feb. 23, 2012, in Anaheim against Liz Carmouche, he implied "GirlRilla" was given the honors because she was the only one who would accept the offer for the fight.
Miesha Tate is here to call bullshit on that.
"It was said by Ronda and I felt it was implied by Dana (White). Dana had said that Liz (Carmouche) was the only one that stepped up and had wanted the fight and wanted to take it and what not and, you know, excuse my language, I don't usually talk like this, but I call bullshit. It's absolutely bullshit. I was never offered the fight. So whether Ronda is misinformed or she's going on another one of her tangents to get publicity, it's absolutely not the truth. I was never offered the fight and you have to be absolutely crazy to think I would ever turn down the opportunity to be the first women's MMA fight in the UFC and for a rematch with Ronda at the same time. I mean, they say you can't have your cake and eat it too, that would kind of be like having your cake and eating it too. I would have taken that in a heartbeat."
True or not, Tate also said she is in talks with the promotion to be a part of its women's division and her ultimate goal is a rematch against Rousey. It may take some time but if it's in the cards, it will happen sooner or later.