UFC 168: Rousey vs. Tate and Other Heated Rivalries of the UFC
We all love a good rivalry.
It's nice to see two dudes who respect each other enter the cage to see who's better, but when they talk trash for a month and shove each other at the weigh-in, it always adds a little something extra.
Look at Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. The two were set to square off in Strikeforce early in 2012 and were absolutely seething at one another by the time they did. Rousey thought Tate was an easy target, Tate thought Rousey was a disrespectful nobody.
Since then, Tate's arm ended up bending the wrong way at the elbow, women ended up in the UFC, the two were rival coaches on TUF, and they both stand to get very, very rich together at next month's UFC 168.
Let's take a look at some other rivalries presently going on in the UFC.
Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit
Condit beat Diaz at UFC 143 to become interim welterweight champion, but the fight was highly controversial and many thought Diaz won.
Diaz retired that night, came back when a fight with Georges St-Pierre was offered, then retired again when he lost that one. As it stands, he seems open to a return, but definitely not fixated on one. It's hard to know if he'll ever get redemption.
For his part, Condit lost to St-Pierre as well, then to Johny Hendricks in a fight where he probably could have earned a decision. He'll fight Matt Brown in a few weeks and with a win could easily be a fight away from another title shot.
Anthony Pettis vs. Jose Aldo
While the two have never met, they were booked for the summer of 2013 before Pettis had to pull out with an injury. He went on to win the lightweight title soon after, and now his role as hunter may well have turned to the role of hunted.
The two were initially to meet for the featherweight title. However, with Pettis holding a belt now and Aldo having spoken about moving up in weight, the two could be meeting at 155 when it comes time to settle their little feud in the cage.
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber
It's easy to forget that these two dudes hate each other, perhaps because Cruz has been out for so long and Faber sort of went on his way when their third fight fell apart.
Still, they coached TUF against one another and didn't get along. Furthermore, until someone can truly knock Faber from contention, he's always going to be in the mix. If Cruz gets by Barao in his UFC return come February, look for these two to meet up for a final time.
BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar
Sometimes those old wounds never heal, and Edgar is that wound for Penn.
Having lost to the scrappy Jersey boy twice, Penn is willing to come out of semi-retirement and drop to a weight he's never fought at—all after a coaching stint on TUF, mind you—just for a chance to right those wrongs.
Edgar beat Penn in a closely contested 2010 lightweight title fight to win the belt, then pounded Penn on a hot Boston night a few months later to stake his claim again. Penn has been stewing ever since.
These guys don't hate each other, but they're certainly not pals. This might be Penn's last chance in the UFC, so expect him to come at his old rival as hard as he can when they meet next year.