Ronda Rousey: Miesha Tate Only Tried to Shake Hands Because Cameras Were On

Written by Tom Ngo
January 9th, 2014

UFC Ronda Rousey

Growing up, my mom always told me, “Good people do the right thing when nobody is watching.” According to UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (pictured), people should always be watching Miesha Tate because that’s the only time she ever does the right thing.

After submitting her bitter rival last month at UFC 168, Rousey caught plenty of flack for turning her back on Tate when “Cupcake” extended her hand to congratulate Rousey on her win. While trying to explain that she didn’t shake hands because Tate had yet to apologize for insulting her family/team, fans pelted the UFC’s golden girl with boos during her post-fight celebratory speech for her unsportsmanlike behavior.

Rousey claims the sole reason Tate tried to shake hands was because there was an arena full of people and the cameras were rolling.

“Miesha’s the kind of girl that … when she reached out to shake my hand after that fight, she wouldn’t have done that if it was just us in a gym alone. That was an action that was being influenced by being watched. Me not shaking her hand, was an action despite being watched,” Rousey stated during Wednesday’s media luncheon in Los Angeles.

“The kind of private apology that I would be asking for is the kind of apology that wouldn’t be watched. An apology with an incentive is bulls***. I have no tolerance for bulls*** or bulls*** apologies.”

When asked if Tate had reached out to her to mend fences after learning why Rousey refused to shake hands, Rousey said the world would have already known by now if Tate did because they would have witnessed it.

“She would never make any effort to make things right with me unless it was in a public arena where it would make her look good,” Rousey stated in closing.

Rousey now defends her throne against Sara McMann at UFC 170. Don’t expect to see another white-hot beef leading up to their February 22 shootout, as “Rowdy” and McMann were quite friendly with each other during yesterday’s media gathering.

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