Ronda Rousey made her Strikeforce MMA debut in the womens 145lb division, despatching of her first two opponents with relative ease (both via arm bar of course). This is when she announced she would move down to the 135lb division and challenge then Champion, Miesha Tate.
The way Ronda challenged Miesha was labelled the ‘first ever nationally televised women’s call out’, as no other woman at the time had called out an opponent on live television. This is where some contention came in around Ronda being given a title shot after only winning 2 previous Strikeforce fights, the most vocal person at the time as to why she didn’t deserve the title shot was the Champion at the time, Miesha Tate.
After the public call out, the two were scheduled to appear on the popular MMA podcast, “MMA Hour” to debate whether or not Ronda deserved a title shot.
This is where Ronda revealed in her book the amount of training she put into winning the podcast debate against Miesha, where she wanted to ‘tear down’ any potential argument Miesha would throw at her.
“In the days leading up to the podcast, I spent every waking minute either fight training or debate training. Between practices and before going to bed, I read every article I could find on her. I scoured her social media. I watched interviews she gave. I jotted down every point Miesha had made, every argument against me she already tried and arguments she hadn’t even conceived of yet.”
She then revealed she typed out a cheat sheet to take to the gym and would practice inbetween sessions, debating every possible point and making sure she won the argument every single damn time.
Ronda and Miesha ended up appearing on the podcast, with a few highlights including Miesha comparing Ronda to Chael Sonnen, who is known for his trash talking abilities. Despite Miesha’s best attempts, she could not stop the title match from happening.
When they met for the first time, this is how it went down: