Ronda Rousey may have been away from the UFC octagon for almost six months but, according to reports today, that hasn't stopped the organisation's biggest female star from clashing with her fellow fighters.
According to Miesha Tate - who now holds the Women's Bantamweight title Rousey had in her possession for so long - Rousey recently confronted UFC Strawweight fighter Paige VanZant, "dropping all sorts of F-bombs" after a Reebok photo shoot.
The fact Rousey saw the need to seek out someone she doesn't particularly know in such an aggressive manner is slightly odd in itself. The reason behind her verbal dressing down of VanZant only adds to the bizarre situation.
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During an appearance on 'The Joe Rogan Experience', Tate relayed what she had been told by VanZant. She explained that Paige told her of a recent Reebok photo shoot where she had attempted to get a photo with Rousey only for those on set to tell her to "stay away from Ronda".
Even taking that advice didn't protect VanZant from the wrath of Rousey, however:
"And I guess Ronda came later that day and...just cussed her out," said Tate. "They've never really had a conversation either. She's like 'I don't know Ronda other than hi, bye.' That's it.
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"...Ronda came up and was like 'F**k you, you fair-weathered bitch. How dare you cross me.' She (Paige) was like 'Cross you? What are you talking about?'
"And she (Rousey) is like 'You congratulated Holly Holm for beating me, so f**k you, you f**king fair-weathered 115-pound...'. She just went off on Paige."
Although Rousey has been known as a determined individual in the octagon, she has always had a fairly positive reputation away from the intensity of the competitive arena. This anecdote goes against that image somewhat.
Had VanZant and Rousey been close friends, you could understand the latter being upset with her fellow fighter for publicly praising Holm after her shock UFC 193 win. This, though, seems a lot like one of the bigger names in UFC simply becoming a little too power happy.
VanZant herself has confirmed the story, telling TMZ that "the incident was very shocking and totally unnecessary."
Perhaps it is a good thing that neither VanZant and Rousey are slated to be involved on the next couple of pay-per-view events.
Rousey's team is yet to comment on the report, although even she publicly congratulated Holm for her performance when she hosted Saturday Night Live earlier this year.
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