Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate don’t like each other; this is a well-known fact that comes up again and again. But just when it seemed the animosity between Team Rousey and Team Tate couldn't rise any higher…
Well, there they go, dragging their moms into it.
As reported by Jesse Holland of MMAMania.com, a member of Rousey’s coaching staff, Marina Shafir, took some time with Fist-Ta-Cuff radio (via BJPenn.com) to address a recent action of hers: flipping Tate the bird.
Yeah, that [middle finger] was a tasteless moment on our part, but you know what? It was viewed a lot, very disrespectful, and "how could you do that?" and I had a lot of Tweets from people saying they had daughters and [I} lost a fan because [their] daughter saw that and she looked up to you,” said Shafir. “You know what though? Your daughter is going to have to make a decision at some point in her life to defend her honor, and defend who she is, and to defend the honesty of what her life is about. And you know what? That’s what we did in that instance.
It seemed as though Shafir was trying to encapsulate the tone and mood that Team Rousey was feeling, all for the sake of honor. She spoke of how their actions didn’t come out in a way many people would understand. She also said that she knew that was where the confusion and judgment came in, and for that she was sorry.
She said they wanted to be good role models to all of the up-and-coming women in MMA who are strong-willed, but then things began to get muddled.
“We’re going to try to do the right thing, but a lot of the time the right thing is going to be the wrong thing, and there’s no other real way I can explain that. Miesha, you really think your mom is going to approve of you being a fake-ass b*tch?”
Not since Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock have two fighters disliked each other so much. While bad blood between fighters has long been a marketable aspect of the fight game, Rousey and Tate are redefining the term with a vengeance.
But neither side should be dragging their moms into it.