Miesha: At this point, mentally and emotionally, I'm not right

source: mmamania.com
 

Saturday night was an historic day for women's MMA. Ronda Rousey defended her title for the first time in dominant fashion (there was relief no one's arm broke) and Miesha Tate and Julie Kedzie put on a fight of the year contender.

However, rather feeling triumphant, Tate is critical of herself, saying she does not feel she deserves a  rematch with Rousey yet, and in a recent appearance on The MMA Hour that she wants to take a step back from MMA to regroup.

"I didn't feel the passion and fire I felt in all my previous fights. I felt out of my element, I didn't feel normal in there whatsoever. It was very strange, it was not a feeling I enjoyed and not something I want to experience again.

"I don't really know what my next step is here. Even when I was when lined up with Julie, across the cage, I was like, ‘Is this really happening right now? Am I really here? Am I really in this fight?' I felt like I was kind of just in this twilight zone. I did not like that. It's not how I normally feel, not how emotions really run.

"Normally I'm excited to be there, I'm amped and pumped, and I felt little to nothing, and I mean, she literally elbowed me and got my lip really good and I was like ‘ehh, whatever.' She kicked me in the face, ‘ehh, whatever,' It was not, it wasn't a normal circumstance for me I don't know why that is but I'm asking myself a lot of questions. I think I need to take a step back, relax a minute, and evaluate it. I need to find a way to fire myself up again and get that passion, because I know there's so much I still want to accomplish in MMA.

"I absolutely want to fight Ronda Rousey twice, but at this point, you know, mentally and emotionally, I'm not right. I shouldn't be getting into the cage if I'm not going into it wholeheartedly for this fight. It's hard for me to admit that, but that's the honest truth. I didn't feel like it for this fight like I did for other fights. I don't know how to explain that, I guess it's something I just have to figure out at this point."

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obi1 site profile image  

8/21/12 9:29 PM by obi1

yeah that makes a ton of sense. Props to her for being honest about it. Watching the fight you could see that she was reacting, and not fighting her fight. Kedzie brought some serious heat and major props to her. Miesha looked like she was in zombie mode.. Which is even more incredible considering the outcome of the fight and her resilience

obi1 site profile image  

8/21/12 9:29 PM by obi1

yeah that makes a ton of sense. Props to her for being honest about it. Watching the fight you could see that she was reacting, and not fighting her fight. Kedzie brought some serious heat and major props to her. Miesha looked like she was in zombie mode.. Which is even more incredible considering the outcome of the fight and her resilience

JerodR site profile image  

8/21/12 9:21 PM by JerodR

Personally it seemed like she was back too soon. Considering what happend with her arm, I expected her to take a bit of a break.

JerodR site profile image  

8/21/12 9:21 PM by JerodR

Personally it seemed like she was back too soon. Considering what happend with her arm, I expected her to take a bit of a break.

DABJJ BEN site profile image  

8/21/12 9:20 PM by DABJJ BEN

You are utterly confused. You are the one stigmatizing depression by saying it somehow relates to failure. No one said she was a failure. This is a strawman argument.It also has nothing to do with gender. When someone relates that they didn't enjoy an activity which they previously did and didn't feel like themselves it is a classical sign of some degree of possible depression. I could say the exact same thing about Jason Miller. Again, gender is not an issue in my comments.Your hostility is clearly more of a reflection of your biased attitude rather than the comments being posted here.

DABJJ BEN site profile image  

8/21/12 9:20 PM by DABJJ BEN

You are utterly confused. You are the one stigmatizing depression by saying it somehow relates to failure. No one said she was a failure. This is a strawman argument.It also has nothing to do with gender. When someone relates that they didn't enjoy an activity which they previously did and didn't feel like themselves it is a classical sign of some degree of possible depression. I could say the exact same thing about Jason Miller. Again, gender is not an issue in my comments.Your hostility is clearly more of a reflection of your biased attitude rather than the comments being posted here.

circa305 site profile image  

8/21/12 9:01 PM by circa305

She always looks like that to me. Very lethargic and a slow starter. She looked the exact same when Kaitlin Young kicked her in the head. I think after Ronda took out Kaufman (her last loss) she realized she needs some more time healing that elbow before their rematch.

circa305 site profile image  

8/21/12 9:01 PM by circa305

She always looks like that to me. Very lethargic and a slow starter. She looked the exact same when Kaitlin Young kicked her in the head. I think after Ronda took out Kaufman (her last loss) she realized she needs some more time healing that elbow before their rematch.

Authority Figure site profile image  

8/21/12 8:46 PM by Authority Figure

I think the only reason you guys feel comfortable calling her depressed is because she's a woman. I have to say 4 years ago I was not into women's MMA at all. But I can see that some of these women have heart and as long as they are going to compete and I'm going to watch, I will give them the same respect that I would give a man. Saying "I felt out of it" is an indication of depression is not only sexist but it also betrays your real feelings about fighters. You want to deny them their humanity. Their right to choose when, how and if they fight. They don't belong to us. They belong to themselves. To rest or retire doesn't make them depressed or failures. It just means they are taking care of themselves. A rationale person could argue equally that by continuing to fight after taking such a beating and coming out with what even she knows is a lucky win would be a sign of depression. BUT, the more intelligent position would be to say that she has a right to decide what she wants, without being maligned.

Authority Figure site profile image  

8/21/12 8:46 PM by Authority Figure

I think the only reason you guys feel comfortable calling her depressed is because she's a woman. I have to say 4 years ago I was not into women's MMA at all. But I can see that some of these women have heart and as long as they are going to compete and I'm going to watch, I will give them the same respect that I would give a man. Saying "I felt out of it" is an indication of depression is not only sexist but it also betrays your real feelings about fighters. You want to deny them their humanity. Their right to choose when, how and if they fight. They don't belong to us. They belong to themselves. To rest or retire doesn't make them depressed or failures. It just means they are taking care of themselves. A rationale person could argue equally that by continuing to fight after taking such a beating and coming out with what even she knows is a lucky win would be a sign of depression. BUT, the more intelligent position would be to say that she has a right to decide what she wants, without being maligned.