The outspoken Miesha Tate has labelled fellow Ultimate Fighting Championship star Ronda Rousey “emotionally unstable”.
Tate became UFC bantamweight champion in March this year, after victory over fellow American Holly Holm. Her rivalry with former champ Rousey, meanwhile, remains fierce – and the duo have been provisionally scheduled to fight later this year.
“I think Ronda is somewhat emotionally unstable and I think that’s been a characteristic for a long time. It doesn’t mean she fights any worse for it,” Yahoo Sports quoted the 29-year-old Tate as saying.
“I’m not knocking her as an athlete but emotionally she’s just got some things that are a little bit strange and I think that was one of them.”
Tate has also insisted the controversial Conor McGregor remained grounded. Former American boxer Floyd Mayweather has hinted at coming out of retirement to fight McGregor, who has suggested a bout with IBF, IBO and WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin could be on the cards, too.
“The UFC has gone above and beyond to accommodate him and you’ve got to think about this too, how did Conor McGregor become Conor McGregor? If there was no UFC you wouldn’t know who he is,” she added.
“The UFC has spent tremendous amount of money promoting Conor McGregor and he’s made a lot of money for himself and for them. They’re both working hard to create something great but don’t change now Conor. Don’t get big headed and now think that you’re above it all because I think that’s the downfall.”
Tate will defend her title against Brazilian Amanda Nunes at UFC200 on 9 July.