Rousey: Tate has to talk me down

Saturday, December 21, 2013

It’s no secret that there is no love lost between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate ahead of their rematch scheduled for UFC 168.

Rousey is confident heading into the rematch, as is Tate, but Rousey believes she is acting confident to make herself believe she can win:

“She goes on her interviews and says she’s going to finish me in the first round, ‘she has so many holes in her game, blah blah blah,’ she tries to talk me down all the time,” Rousey said. “She has to convince herself.”

Rousey says she contrasts Tate’s approach with her own preparation, in which she assumes Tate will come into the fight at the MGM Grand at the top of her game.

“I believe her when she says she’s in the best shape of her life,” Rousey said. “I believe her when she says her striking is the best in her life, I believe that she can have a perfect game plan and focused her game plan on my weaknesses and everything possible, everything. I assume she is going to be perfect. I’m prepared for a five-round brawl. What she is hoping for is for me to go out there and for me to make a mistake. I expect a whole lot more from her than she expects from me.”

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