Miesha Tate vs Ronda Rousey staredown pic from Strikeforce press conference in Columbus

Strikeforce 135-pound champion Miesha Tate (left) comes eye-to-eye with division number one contender Ronda Rousey at the Strikeforce pre-fight press conference on March 1 in Columbus, Ohio. Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.

Today they're in jackets, tomorrow they're in skivvies.

Strikeforce held a special pre-fight press conference earlier today (Thurs., March 1, 2012) in advance of the "Tate vs. Rousey" Showtime-televised mixed martial arts (MMA) event that is scheduled for Saturday night at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

And (surprise), neither Miesha Tate nor Ronda Rousey had anything nice to say about the other when the mic was turned on.

Says the champion:

"I don't care for Ronda's personality. I've fought people I haven't liked before but not to this extent. But I'm careful not to be overzealous and let tempers change my game plan. Ronda is a self-righteous person. She cares more about herself than the sport. She talked her way into a title fight. Clearly, she doesn't deserve it. She's not the No. 1 contender. She hasn't even fought at this weight before. I mean, she's 4-0 and has been moderately impressive but she hasn't faced anyone like me."

Responds the challenger:

"I wasn't looking to make friends in this sport. I just wanted to make a living so I didn't have to catch coins. But it doesn't matter if people don't like me because it's mostly current or former champs who think everyone should throw petals at their feet. Honestly, I don't care if a bunch of girls I don't know don't like me. I'm doing this to support myself and not work night shifts at the gym. I don't have respect for Miesha's inconsistency. One minute it's about the sport, the next she is wearing booty shorts on her website and it's the entertainment business."

Oh, and there are a couple of other fighters competing this weekend as well, like Josh Thomson vs. K.J. Noons:


More Strikeforce: "Tate vs. Rousey" news and notes right here.

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