Mieisha Tate doesn't like Ronda Rousey. Never has. But the UFC fighter said her resentment of the reigning women's champ is nothing personal.
Tate said Rousey has had an easy ride, benefiting from good timing to reap the rewards of others' hard work.
"Every single woman that fights MMA has done just as much work as Ronda has, we just haven't gotten as much turnaround," Tate said. "Those women who came before her haven’t been on magazine covers, they weren't plastered everywhere by the UFC. They didn't get the same reward back. She got 10 times back what she was putting in and maybe everyone else was getting 1 to 1."
Tate, who will take on Rousey on Saturday at UFC 168, said a win will mean a victory for all the others who fought "for breadcrumbs," "only for the love of the sport."
"I've been there and experienced it," she said. "I'm gonna share some of the limelight. These are the girls who deserve a pat on the back."
"I know what it was like to be fighting for breadcrumbs and not to be taken seriously," Tate said. "I didn't just jump into this. It's no disrespect to Ronda, she's a great athlete. But there's another side to the story that people aren't seeing. Girls didn't get the same things Ronda has gotten."
But Tate said Saturday could change all that.
"That motivates me," Tate said. "I think about the sacrifices I had to put into this sport and the girls before me, they sacrificed even more."