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UFC hypes Rousey-Tate hate 0

Trevor Dueck

By Trevor Dueck, 24 hours Vancouver

Ronda Rousey (right) dominates Miesha Tate on March 3, 2012 in Ohio. The two fighters battle again this Saturday at UFC 168 in Las Vegas.

Ronda Rousey (right) dominates Miesha Tate on March 3, 2012 in Ohio. The two fighters battle again this Saturday at UFC 168 in Las Vegas. (REUTERS)

In case you didn’t know it, Ronda Rousey (7-0) and Miesha Tate (13-4) are not BFFs forever. The two have a history and we saw their relationship blossom and then explode during the last season of The Ultimate Fighter. This Saturday night, the show’s two coaches are set to clash at UFC 168, which has a stacked card headlined by Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva part two in Las Vegas.

I really don’t see how anything has changed since the last time Tate fought Rousey back in Strikeforce. I am pretty much expecting the same result, with Rousey finishing Tate with ease. If you remember, it was supposed to be Cat Zingano (8-0) fighting for the title, but an injury led to her having last-minute knee surgery and allowed the UFC to match Rousey up with her arch nemesis Tate. That couldn’t have worked out better for the organization and FOX. Although ratings were average, it was one of the more entertaining and revealing TUF seasons in some time. There is no better formula than a little cattiness to entertain the masses on a “reality” show.

To say Rousey came off poorly during the taping of TUF 18 is an understatement. She came off as disrespectful, over-emotional and basically an all-around poor sport on national television. That isn’t something an Olympic and UFC champion should be striving for.

That said, people love the bad girl routine. Rousey never claimed to be Miss America, or the girl next door. Instead, Rousey has always been an outspoken and rebellious fighter. Isn’t that why “Rowdy” is her nickname?

The reality is Rousey has been inactive since February. She took some time off to do a little acting and to be a coach on TUF. We shall see whether or not that bites her in the butt in this upcoming bout.

Right now Rousey is heavily favoured so maybe all this cattiness between two attractive fighters is something UFC 168 needed.

Rousey definitely thinks so.

"That's why it's so important to play up the rivalry aspect and the looks aspect," Rousey said. “Look at the Vegas odds. It's 10-1. How do you sell that? It's hard to sell a 10-1 fight. You have to look outside the box in how to get people interested in the title fight."

Speaking of game, and I will be at the new Burke Beer House in Port Coquitlam this Saturday night, where you can participate in our UFC “pick’em” game to win some cool prizes. Just make sure to get there early.

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