When Ronda Rousey found out young UFC star Paige VanZant congratulated Holly Holm for her shock KO win at UFC 193, the beaten champ tracked her down and tore her to shreds, according to Miesha Tate.
In a story confirmed by VanZant that Rousey is yet to comment on, Tate told Joe Rogan's podcast about the nasty incident at a Reebok sponsor event.
VanZant then released this statement to TMZ Sports: "It appears that I offended Ronda by congratulating Holly after her victory. The incident was very shocking and totally unnecessary."
Tate gave a lengthy account of Rousey's alleged confrontation on the Joe Rogan Experience.
"So Paige was also at that VIP party, and Paige and I have spoke, we're friendly. Don't know her that well. Anyway, she felt the need, she came up to me like 'Miesha Miesha Miesha, I have to tell you this experience I had with Ronda'," Tate told Rogan.
I'm like 'Oh, what?' And she's like 'Well we were at a Reebok deal just recently, and we were at a shoot, and I was trying to find her so we could get a picture, and the Reebok people were like 'Don't ask Ronda for a picture." She was like 'Why?' They were like 'Don't, just stay away from Ronda, don't ask her for a picture.' She was like 'Okay...'.
And I guess Ronda came later that day and seeked her out. And just cussed her out. They've never really had a conversation either. She's like 'I don't know Ronda other than hi, bye.' That's it. I guess she came up, Ronda came up and was like 'F*** you, you fairweathered 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*** you, you f***ing fairweathered 115-pound...". She just went off on Paige.
Paige came and told me and I was like, 'Honey, welcome to my world.' She was like, 'Oh my God. I'm glad that I saw this side of her so that I know.' Because she didn't understand. She told Ronda, 'I'm sorry if that offended you, but I'm allowed to congratulate whoever I want. I congratulated Rose Namajunas when she beat me. I was like Rose, congratulations, you whooped my ass. That was a badass performance. I just simply told Holly congratulations, and it wasn't anything anti-Ronda'. But Ronda just ripped her a new one."
Rogan: "Wow. Like, you have to be on Team Ronda for life."
Tate: "Yeah, I guess... I've never been on Team Ronda, so I'm good. All or none."
Rousey and Tate are old enemies. Rousey has twice beaten Tate, though Tate currently holds the UFC bantamweight title after beating Rousey's conqueror Holm at UFC 196.
Rousey has not fought since losing to Holm but has been named to fight for the title upon her return - possibly at UFC 205 in New York during November.
Tate will put her title on the line against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in July.