Former UFC competitor Miesha Tate has had her say on Ronda Rousey's WWE career.
Rousey, who spent a year with the popular promotion before losing the Raw Women's title at WrestleMania 35 then heading off to attempt procreation, left UFC with a 12-2 record. And Tate (18-7) doesn't believe she's happy with the way her MMA career ended.
Tate faced Rousey twice, losing on both occasions, and didn't get the opportunity for a third fight as the former was already nearing an exit when a bout became possible.
Speaking in an interview on SiriusXM, Tate touched on Ronda's WWE image, declaring that the "Baddest Woman on the Planet" persona was how she wanted to be seen, but her pair of losses on her way out made that a bit difficult.
"She wants to be the hard Ronda Rousey, the one that was back in 2014," she said (h/t MMAfighting.com). "I always said winning is easy. You don’t have to make any adjustments. You don’t have to make any changes. You’re on the top of the world, you’re doing great. When you lose, that’s when you see what you’re really made of."
Tate also implied that Ronda has always been selfish and only cares about herself.
"She’s not entirely an open book," she explained. "She’s not there entirely for the fans, selflessly. Ronda has always been about Ronda so it doesn’t surprise me. She’s continuing to be exactly how she’s always been. Again, not wrong, but when I listen to this, she almost sounds emotional. I don’t think she’s entirely happy with her legacy. The point that Ronda makes about us not deserving to hear it and about the vulnerability, I think that it speaks again to point that she left the sport worse than she entered it.
"She has a chance here to open up and to give some insight and perspective and motivation but she’s obviously not at that point where she feels good enough about her own legacy to be vulnerable and to reflect and give back. She’s obviously not in a good place with it. That’s my takeaway when I see this, that she’s not prepared to be vulnerable in front of us."
What This Means
The criticism has been coming from all angles. WWE fans have voiced their displeasure where Ronda's promos are concerned, former UFC colleagues aren't being exactly positive in their reviews, and even gamers have been let down by her voice acting in Mortal Kombat 11.
Maybe Tate's just being salty here but she could be onto something. Rousey did suffer a broken hand at WrestleMania and has since had surgery but there's no word on whether or not she's returning and she's yet to say her farewells.