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.
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."
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