‘I Was So Afraid That Time Is Gonna Run Out’- Miesha Tate Recalls Her Desperate Attempt in Title Fight Against Holly Holm

Published 07/17/2021, 9:46 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Miesha Tate reacts during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate will make her return to the octagon after being away from the game for nearly 5 years. She will face Marion Reneau in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Moises this Saturday.

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She last featured in a match against Raquel Pennington at UFC 205: McGregor vs Alvarez. After her defeat via unanimous decision, she subsequently announced her retirement.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 05: Miesha Tate reacts after her submission victory over Holly Holm in their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 196 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Tate reviews footage of her fight with Holm

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Prior to her comeback match, the former champion harked back to the glories of the old times. In a video released on the official Instagram channel of the UFC, ‘Cupcake’ revisited the match that made her the bantamweight champion. She detailed her emotions running on that night of March 6 in 2016.

“So this is the fifth round. I’m going in for the desperation takedown,” Tate said while watching the clip of the 5th round with Holly Holm. “It’s like I got to find a way to get this to the ground. I gotta risk everything.”

‘Cupcake’ remembered how her coach kept advising her to maintain the right pressure on Holm, leaving her with only two choices.

“To stay under me and pay the price or make a mistake getting up,” Tate added. “She was choosing to get up because, you know, Holly is a fighter. She made a mistake, she lifted the chin, and I sunk that choke in.”

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Tate further added, “I just remember being like a dog on a bone (holding the choke). Like, ‘I’m not letting this go’… I was squeezing that choke (for) what felt like forever and I was so afraid that time is gonna run out.”

In between, she praised Holm’s resistance to negate her choke.

Miesha Tate wants to put up a show for her kids

In an interview given to TMZ Sports, ‘Cupcake’ revealed her main motives for returning to the octagon. According to her, she wants to show her kids that a woman can be a supermom and simultaneously have a super-successful career of her own.

“I love my kids more than anything,” Tate said. “But at the same time, I want to show them that just because you become a mother, you know mothers get lost a lot of times in our world. It’s ok for the dad to do and be, but the mom just kinda just be the mom.” 

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“I want to show my children that women and mothers can have dreams, and goals, and ambition, and still be great mothers,” she added.

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It will be interesting to see how ‘Cupcake‘ fares on her return. She has set her goals for reclaiming the gold but knows she has to start from scratch. And a perfect win here could put things in order for her. Can she regain her forgotten glory? Let us know.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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