Miesha Tate has a bone to pick with Ronda Rousey.
The former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champ thinks Rousey is a hypocrite for criticizing UFC ring girls for posing in the buff in Playboy just a few months before she appeared 'artistically nude' in ESPN the Magazine's 2012 Body Issue.
Tate's Epic Tweets
She tweeted from her official Twitter handle @mieshatate "Any1 else think it's hypocritical 4 Ronda Rousey 2 talk crap about ring girls in playboy but it's totally fine 2 pose "artistically nude" ?"
Tate was referring to Rousey's comments in a bjpenn.com report, where she took a shot at Rachelle Leah, Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer for posing nude in Playboy.
"Whatever I'm not gonna show on a beach, I'm not gonna show in a magazine," Rousey said of her choice of photo shoots to pose in. "These [UFC ring girls who appeared in Playboy] are going to have to explain to their kids one day why mommy's (explicit), and (explicit), are all over the place."
Seven months later, Rousey was 'artistically nude' on the cover of ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue, and Tate called her out for being two-faced on the matter.
"Well what's the difference between a pro female athlete and a ring girl?" Tate tweeted. "I'd say ring girls jobs are soley based on sex appeal, so it makes More Sense 4 the ring girls 2 pose nude then it does Ronda yet she talks crap about them #HypocrisyAtItsFinest."
Tate does make a valid argument there, but Rousey explained that she draws the line at any magazine where she would have to show her private areas.
Rousey Says "No" To Playboy
On Jan. 11, a fan asked Rousey via Twitter if she would ever consider posing for Playboy, the iconic men's magazine that has been around since 1953. The fan tweeted "y not playboy? got something to hide? :-)." Rousey responded "yeah, it's called my vajayjay-no one should be able to see it for $5!"
That same week, she explained "@BillCollektr: @RondaRousey would you ever pose for Maxim or mags like that?" maxim, sure, playboy, no."
It's pretty clear that the nasty personal "beef" between Tate and Rousey was very real and didn't come close to ending when they squared off in a Strikeforce cage in March, as the former started up a mini Twitter feud with the current champ on July 17, even though her next opponent is Julie Kedzie.
"If the ring girls wanna pose in playboy I'm all 4 it, who cares don't talk crap n then turnaround & get 1% less naked #HypocrisyAtItsFinest," Tate tweeted later in the day on July 17.
Rousey Calls Out Kim Kardashian
Less than a week after Rousey appeared on the cover of ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue, she was back in the news after saying she would "beat the crap out of Kim Kardashian" for being a poor role model for young girls like her 14-year-old sister.
"You know what, I would beat the crap out of Kim Kardashian actually," Rousey noted. "Any girl who is famous and idolized because she made a sex video with some guy and that's all that you're known for, 'Oh, I got my fame for sucking [expletive],' I think it's pretty stupid, sorry, but it's true."
Tate called out Rousey for that comment as well, tweeting "another #HypocrisyAtItsFinest moment "@MMAFan718: @MieshaTate that &she talks about "role models" while she starts fights with celebrities."
Rousey Takes The High Road?
Rousey, who is slated to square off against Sarah Kaufman on Aug. 18, surprisingly seemed to take the high road by not responding to Tate's Twitter comments.
Tate may be angling for a rematch against Rousey, and there's no question that a win over Kedzie would set her up for one.
Fight fans may remember the first tilt between Tate and Rousey for the gruesome armbar that tore the former champ's left arm to shreds, but it was a more competitive matchup than many give it credit for.
Rousey wanted no part of Tate's standup game, and she had to back away from a flurry of strikes at the opening bell before finally catching her opponent in a Judo throw that led to the armbar attempts.
The only thing for certain is that fight fans love a good rivalry with strong emotions behind it. The "beef" between Rousey and Tate is juicier than a soap opera, and fans enjoy watching the two go at it on social media networking sites.
These girls are marketing geniuses who know what sells fights. Much like Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen's back-and-forth trash-talking helped their tilt on July 7 become one of the most successful UFC fights of all-time, Tate may be taking the same approach to build up a rematch with Rousey.
Eric Holden is a lifelong UFC fan and supporter of the sport of MMA. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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