Miesha: Rousey didn’t have a lot to do with getting WMMA off the ground

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Former Strikeforce women’s champ Miesha Tate was recently interviewed by MMAWeekly Radio, and reminded listeners that Ronda Rousey may be the face of Women’s MMA today, but she didn’t start it.

“It’s not just Ronda, it’s not just myself, that’s for sure,” said Tate. “If Ronda’s coming over to the UFC obviously there’s going to be a division around that, it’s not just Ronda. I know Ronda’s getting a lot of the credit and what not, but she didn’t have a lot to do with from the ground up.”

“We’re at the top of the mountain now that’s kind of how I feel anyways, with this accomplishment coming into the UFC, we’ve kind of reached that final goal. But we had to start at the bottom and a lot of the pioneers Tara, Marloes, Molly Helsel, the girls that were really fighting back in the day before we were making any kind of money, or there was any kind of publicity, or much acceptance of it.”

“We were fighting for this, right here, right now. She’s getting a lot of the credit and the limelight, but people who follow the sport understand there was a lot more getting to this point. I hope people can recognize that and give all the women that have worked really hard some credit.”

“Our rivalry is very real. I know a lot of people don’t believe that Ronda can’t be beaten, that’s she’s just untouchable, but I beg to differ.

“If I do get that rematch in the UFC, it’s going to be one hell of a fight.”

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