"I can't wait. I just done with all the drama and the talking...I'm ready to fight and she's (Rousey) been running her mouth and I'm going to shut it," Tate said.
Tate vs. Rousey is set for this Saturday and despite being the women's bantamweight champion, Tate will be going into the fight as the underdog according to betting odds. Rousey quickly established herself in 2011 when she debuted in MMA, building a 4-0 record within that year.
"It doesn't help legitimize us as a sport when you have women who are obviously more deserving than Ronda to be in this spot, who are closer to being the number one contender. And then we have Ronda coming in and taking over in a sense by running her mouth more than her fight performances. I'm not discrediting what she has done but it hasn't been as much as some of the other girls have been doing," Tate said.
Contrasted to what the betting odds might suggest, Tate is the more experienced fighter come Saturday night. "Takedown" sports a 12-2 record and is currently riding a six fight win streak which also includes four stoppages within that span, last submitting Marloes Coenen via arm triangle choke at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson.
Rousey has shown an adept for utilizing the armbar, a submission which she has ended all her fights with thus far. She dislocated Julia Budd's elbow in just 39 seconds at Strikeforce Challengers: Britt vs. Sayers in her last bout.
"I can't expect that's all she has in her arsenal. I've never been the one to say she's a one trick pony or what not because I think that would be negligent of me. I think I need to be prepare for it all," Tate said.
Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey is set for March 3, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.