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Strikeforce ‘Tate vs. Rousey’ Conference Call Audio, Notes & Quotes

Full audio from today’s Strikeforce “Tate vs. Rousey” conference call via BJPenn.com. Also, here are some choice quotes from the call via MMA Fighting.

Miesha Tate on looks playing a role in this fight:

“I’m not in denial about that. I understand the logistics behind it and why this fight would want to be put together and how it has the ability to do bigger things than if Sarah Kaufman and I were fighting each other. Just the hype, the selling points, the marketing points — I understand all of that, because it’s not just a sport. To me, the sport is the most important part. But honestly, like I said, if nobody wants to watch it, it’s more of a detriment than anything else.”

Ronda Rousey on the same:

“I think that’s part of what makes this fight so exciting, so anticipated. We’re pretty much getting into unarmed combat, anything’s possible. Someone could die. When you see two girls that pretty much look like Xena: Warrior Princess going at it, that was a show on TV for a reason. People want to watch it. It’s going to be a huge fight and it’s going to change women’s MMA.”

Rousey on her quick rise through the ranks:

“This day a year ago I was working three jobs and struggling to train and do all this stuff, and I just wanted to be done with all of that. I just wanted to be able to support myself through fighting and I wanted to do it as quickly as possible. I didn’t want to sit around and do that for a few more years and slowly work my way up while telling everybody ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and bowing my head. I knew that I could win the title the day that I started, and the quicker I could get it the better. If giving a couple more entertaining interviews than some of the girls helps me out, then I’m going to do that.”

“I’ve been being pretty much overtly rude. I haven’t been lying or saying anything I didn’t think [was] true, but I’ve been saying things I wouldn’t say to people’s faces usually because it’s not polite.”

Tate on making the most of the opprtunity:

“We have a responsibility as women to stick together and really try to help other girls… Ronda and I are getting the opportunity for the limelight. The thing about women’s MMA, when you have very little opportunity for mass exposure, you’ve got to make the most out of it. It’s got to be the most bang for your buck.”

It was also revealed today that KJ Noons has yet to be medically cleared to fight on the card, Derek Brunson is off the card because he failed medicals and Roger Bowling vs. Brandon Saling has been added.

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