UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate told SI Now’s Maggie Gray that Ronda Rousey’s suicidal thoughts after her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 showed mental weakness.
“I thought that was a big sign of mental weakness, to be honest,” said Tate, who defeated Holm at UFC 196 to earn the bantamweight title.
Before her loss to Tate earlier this month, Holm had previously defeated Rousey with a knockout kick in November to take home the belt. Rousey admitted in February to having had suicidal thoughts following the upset loss to Holm.
“I’ve been down and out in this sport, too, obviously losing my fight to Ronda,” said Tate, who was defeated by Rousey at UFC 168 in 2013. “That was really, really hard for me. But my mindset is to get back in the gym and get better, get stronger and learn from it and come back, and now here I am with the world title.
“It makes me wonder what kind of a fighter will return when Ronda, if Ronda, does return.”
Rousey is 2–0 against Tate in her MMA career.