UFC Quick Quote: Ronda Rousey explains reason she ignored Miesha Tate handshake

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Peace out, Miesha, don't let the door hit ya' where the good lord split ya' ...

"My family is my kids on the show, my coaches and my actual family. There's a lot of things that went on between me and her … I understand that's a part of the game. But, once you cross that line, I can't shake the hand of someone who spits on my back. I respect her as a fighter -- she did an amazing job tonight. It's just that a handshake means something to me and she hasn't earned that from me. You really can't take back what she's done until she actually formally apologizes to me and my team."

-- UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey drew the ire of several mixed martial arts (MMA) fans inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, last night (Sat., Dec. 28, 2013) moments after her third round submission of Miesha Tate in the co-main event of UFC 168 (watch full fight video highlights here). "Rowdy" refused to shake the hand of "Cupcake," walking off with a snarl and into the open arms of her mentor, Gene Lebell, to enjoy her emotional victory instead. In her post-fight speech, Rousey offered no apologies like she was just "caught up in the moment" or her emotions "simply got the best of her." Nope, Rousey demanded an apology, suggesting that Tate (figuratively) spit on her back with all the back-and-forth drama that ensued while the pair coached The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 on FOX Sports 1. Rousey stuck to her guns at the post-fight press conference (watch full video replay here), as well as in a post-fight interview on FOX Sports Live. Tate, meanwhile, refused the demand at the press conference, saying she wasn't in the mood to address the situation. And chances are, she never will be. Don't let bygones be bygones, ladies! For more on the 135-pound fight between Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate be sure to check out our detailed review and analysis right here.

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