Tate cites ‘inner turmoil’, adrenaline dump in loss to Rousey

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Miesha Tate made Ronda Rousey fight out of the first round and pushed her harder than any fighter previously had, but still came up short. Tate looked good, but not great in the fight, and cites a couple issues that led to her loss:

“I don’??t want to sound like I’??m complaining about it,”?? she continued. “??It was great having all that support. But that was the inner turmoil I was dealing with.”

Despite having a great training camp, Tate said she had a huge adrenaline dump before she competed. Her muscles, she said, felt like “??noodles,”?? like she had sat in a hot tub and was in a state of relaxation when she needed to be explosive.

When she looked across the cage, she knew that Rousey was unlikely to be experiencing any of the same feelings. While for Tate, this was the first real time in the pressure cooker, Rousey had competed on the Olympic stage, and had a UFC main event under her belt.

When they tangled, Rousey took her down six times, and locked her into three arm bars before finishing in the third.

“??I felt like sh-t, to put it quite frankly,” Tate said. “Watching it again, I looked better than I felt, but I really had to push myself because I felt horrible. I was trying to push out of first gear but it didn’??t really happen. I did a lot of good things defensively but I wasn’??t able to do some of the offensive things that we worked on.”

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