Rousey says it's more fun to be the heel, and explains lack of handshake


No one in MMA ever got famous faster than Royce Gracie. But in the modern era, the two fighters who got famous fastest are Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey.

Both can play a heel so convincingly that it may not always be an act.

When Rousey refused to shake Tate's hand post fight, the boos were so loud that commentator Joe Rogan said he had a hard time hearing Rousey's replies. Tate received a standing ovation.

Rousey appeared on Fox Sports 1′s post-fight show, and offered no apoiogies.

"Like I said in the interview, I went to 30 different countries in judo and I got booed everywhere,” said Rousey as transcribed by “Getting cheers is something new to me, and I really feel being the good guy and acting all perfect, it leaves no room for error. I don’t want to have to be stuck in that perfect role.

“I’d rather be the heel. The heel’s more fun, the heel’s more interesting. Everyone talks about the Joker, not Batman. For this fight, particularly, she was Scarface, I was Batman. I needed to be a bad guy in order for Gotham City to have a hero. I take the role that’s needed for every situation, so every fight I approach differently.”

Earlier in the evening, immediately post fight, Rousey explained to Ariel Helwani what she meant when she said she refused to shake Tate's hand because Tate had disrespected her family.

"My family is my kids on my show, my coaches, my actual family," said Rousey. "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. And so I respect her as a fighter, she did an amazing job tonight. It's just  a handshake means something to me. And she hasn't earned it from me. You really don't think she can take back what she's done until she actually formally apologizes to me and my team."

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ssj site profile image  

12/30/13 4:03 AM by ssj


Stone Rolled site profile image  

12/30/13 12:43 AM by Stone Rolled

I wouldn't shake someone's hand who just fucked my girlfriend either. lol, so what is the offense that Meisha committed that is equivalent to that? Just some childish prank of posting unibrow pictures. Is that the same ballpark? She's holding a grudge that is over absoultely nothing. lol, "Offended my family and spit on my back." lol, Please. She's blowing shit up.Remember Koscheck and GSP's season of TUF? Koscheck was so annoying the whole season pranking GSP. How did GSP respond after their fight? Like a true champion. No more beef.

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12/30/13 12:02 AM by RileyPust

I wouldn't shake someone's hand if I hated them, whether they showed me they are tough or not. Would any of you shake the hand of the guy who just fucked your girlfriend after you kicked his ass? "Man, I don't even remember why we were fighting... but it was a good fight! My girlfriend's perfume really suits you bro." Grudge matches are grudge matches.  

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12/29/13 7:26 PM by Stone Rolled

Guess who likes being real? Adolf Hitler, the Nazis, and KKK. They have a genuine hate for certain groups of people. Who else likes to be real? NAMBLA. North American Man Boy Love Association. These pedos are genuine sick mofos who don't hide their lust for underage boys. They sure are real. Real scumbags. Real doesn't necessarily mean cool.Some of you are over analyzing why Ronda didn't shake Tate's hand. After the fight press conference this and that. Stop rationalizing. Reason is Ronda is holding a grudge over nothing. She is psycho. That's it. Tate never disrespected her family and Armenians. Tate disrespected only 2 people. Ronda herself, and Edmond, who happens to be Armenian. It was a childish prank of making fun of their looks. Ronda is dillusional. Tate never "laugh at her girl's pain". You can just diagnose her right then and there to the looney bin. LOL. Diaz bros never disrespect their opponents after their fights. Never. Any beef there was before, squashed. Ronda is fucked up.

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12/29/13 7:04 PM by r_o_y

i really don't know why everyone is hung up on this handshake thing.and can we all stop pretending that mma fighters are traditional martial artists? pretty much anyone in america is not going to be like a traditional martial artist. these martial arts come from cultures way different than ours. you can adopt some things but let's be real here...also speaking of being real...a lot of the men in mma have been way worse than ronda.

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12/29/13 6:09 PM by BigTedBear

I don't think it would have done Rhonda any harm to shake Meisha's hand just a bit of closure and class to say they are done and can move on to other opponents.

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12/29/13 5:50 PM by Dangerboy09

Yea really great person she is, a martial artist and Olympian. Sportsmanship is held in the highest regard and she pissed on it. She is an angry person and has shown it time and time again. Talked trash about the private things she saw in the Olympic village, talked shit about probably the greatest Olympian that ever lived Michael phelps. makes a mountain out of a molehill with everything that Tate does on tuf. Her coach was a complete duechebag mean mugging people like he was some great successful fighter and backed down when a real mma fighter called him out. I have fought double the amount of pro fights she had and even when myself and my opponent had real disdain for one another we shook hands after bleeding 2 gether. That is the way it works and the way it should be done. She is really just an asshole as a person

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12/29/13 5:29 PM by burner22

This! The rousey hate is ludicrous on this board

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12/29/13 5:29 PM by burner22

This! The rousey hate is ludicrous on this board

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12/29/13 5:15 PM by rockyrocks90

THis! Tate looked like she was just trying to hold on and make it to the second around and try to exploit Ronda's conditioning. Then Tate got ipponed 8 times in the second round and folded. Credit to Ronda a lesser fighter may have been demoralized for not finishing in the first.