Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate aren't going to be exchanging presents this holiday season. Instead, they will be exchanging punches at UFC 168.
The female bantamweights have been engaged in one of MMA's bigger rivalries over recent years, dating back to their first meeting under the Strikeforce banner. Looking to capitalize on their disdain for one another, the UFC has released a UFC 168 promo spoofing Rousey and Tate as starring actresses in a fictional movie titled Best Friends.
In the above video, some of the more frictional moments between Rousey and Tate are showcased to boost interest in their championship belt to be contested on December 28 in Las Vegas.
While Rousey and Tate are two of the best fighters in the women's bantamweight division, conflict is the main reason they are meeting again. In her latest outing, Tate was beaten by Cat Zingano, who was then booked to coach opposite Rousey on The Ultimate Fighter 18. When Zingano suffered a knee injury, the UFC couldn't pass up on an opportunity to replace her with Tate, setting up a heated rematch against Rousey.
As Rousey explained on The Jim Rome Show, "Miesha has a nice ass and she has an ongoing rivalry with me and that'€™s the only reason why she'€™s in this fight."
When both fighters step into the Octagon for the co-main event at UFC 168, Tate will have a chance to prove she's more than an attractive antagonist. Although she's coming off of a loss, Tate is still a former Strikeforce champion and one of the best female fighters in the world.