Maybe Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate are bound by fate. It seems there is always something dramatic that brings the both of them together to fan the flames of their now storied mixed martial arts (MMA) rivalry.
There isn't much that could add any fuel to that fire ahead of UFC 168, which takes place tomorrow night (Sat., Dec. 28, 2013) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Or is there?
MGM Grand -- and whoever handles Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter hotel booking -- could've been responsible for having the co-main event start a few days early, booking Rousey and Tate not only on the same floor, but in hotel rooms right next to each other.
While no one will probably ever find out whether or not someone did this on purpose to add to the already heavy UFC 168 promotion, UFC President Dana White admitted on FOX Sports Live that Rousey and Tate being hotel neighbors was a mistake.
"Anybody else on this card, it wouldn't make a difference if their rooms were next to each other," he said. "We had to screw up and put their rooms next to each other. It's true. Miesha is like ‘are you serious? I'm walking outside the hotel, and these guys are mad dogging me already.' So we switched rooms and put Miesha in another wing of the hotel."
Crisis avoided, because both teams have as strong a dislike for each other along with the two female fighters. The UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion was on ESPN Sports Center yesterday and she weighed in on the MGM Grand hotel happenstance.
"We discovered last night that they actually put Miesha in the room right next door to me," she said. "I didn't see her, but my coach passed her boyfriend on the way out. Thankfully, Mr. Caraway was hiding behind a baby so my coach didn't do anything. Later that night we heard vaccums going on at 2AM so I'm pretty sure they ran out and changed rooms," she continued. "I was thinking about throwing furniture at the wall, but I actually had some stuff to do. So before I actually thought of terrorizing them next door, they moved."
With the lodging difficulties resolved, and their fight only one day away, the war of words will come to a halt once these two fierce rivals enter the Octagon on Saturday night. The MGM Grand mishap added another chapter to the two plus years of bad blood.
And there will most likely be many more of those in 2014 and beyond.