Miesha Tate will never be friends with Ronda Rousey. That much is certain. But the current UFC women’s bantamweight champion took things to a new level today by relaying a story from popular women’s strawweight fighter Paige VanZant on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. According to Tate, the current Dancing With The Stars contestant said Ronda chewed her out for a perceived slight while they were both at a Reebok event together.
Here’s the transcript of what Tate told Rogan (or you can check the video above and watch for yourself – H/T Zombie Prophet):
Tate: “You know what she did to Paige (VanZant)?”
Tate: “So Paige was also at that VIP party, and Paige and I have spoke, we’re friendly. Don’t know her that well. Anyway, she felt the need, she came up to me like ‘Miesha Miesha Miesha, I have to tell you this experience I had with Ronda.’ I’m like ‘Oh, what?’ And she’s like ‘Well we were at a Reebok deal just recently, and we were at a shoot, and I was trying to find her so we could get a picture, and the Reebok people were like ‘Don’t ask Ronda for a picture.” She was like ‘Why?’ They were like ‘Don’t, just stay away from Ronda, don’t ask her for a picture.’ She was like ‘Okay…’.
And I guess Ronda came later that day and seeked her out. And just cussed her out. They’ve never really had a conversation either. She’s like ‘I don’t know Ronda other than hi, bye.’ That’s it. I guess she came up, Ronda came up and was like ‘F**k you, you fairweathered bitch. How dare you cross me.’ She (Paige) was like ‘Cross you? What are you talking about?’ And she (Rousey) is like ‘You congratulated Holly Holm for beating me, so f**k you, you f**king fairweathered 115-pound…”. She just went off on Paige.
Paige came and told me and I was like ‘Honey, welcome to my world.’ She was like ‘Oh my God. I’m glad that I saw this side of her so that I know.’ Because she didn’t understand. She told Ronda ‘I’m sorry if that offended you, but I’m allowed to congratulate whoever I want. I congratulated Rose Namajunas when she beat me. I was like Rose, congratulations, you whooped my ass. That was a badass performance. I just simply told Holly congratulations, and it wasn’t anything anti-Ronda.’ But Ronda just ripped her a new one.”
I’m sure that will get a rise out of Rousey. And we’ll have to see if Paige will corroborate the story. But it shouldn’t be surprising that Tate, who will defend her title against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200, is the one telling the tale.