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

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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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