‘I Wanna Give This Two More Years’-Miesha Tate Opens Up on Retirement Plans

Published 04/19/2021, 10:51 AM EDT


The former UFC women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate is making her return to the octagon for the first time in almost 5 years. She had taken retirement from mixed martial arts after her last defeat in 2016.

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However, she is now gearing up to face Marion Reneau on July 17th, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 192. ‘Cupcake’ will also have her eyes set on a title clash with ‘The Lioness’ Amanda Nunes.

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Tate was always one of the top draws during her stint in the promotion. The elite performer had also captured the Strikeforce Bantamweight Championship before making a move to UFC.

Recently she opened up on how long she wants to continue before hanging up her gloves for good. While giving an interview to SCMP MMA, she said, “What else do I want? You know I am just never a person who is entirely content where I’m at.”

She further said that she wanted to fight again as she thought this to be a good time to return.

‘Cupcake’ also hinted at her retirement plans when she described how long she wants to continue. She said, “I’m 34, I retired when I was about 30 and I just thought I wanna give this two more years like what I have to lose?”

She further added that she got full support from her partner after discussing her plans for returning to the ring.

What was Miesha Tate up to before she retired last time?

Tate (18-7) made her jump to UFC in February 2013. She fought Cat Zingano on April 13th and lost that fight via a 3rd round TKO.

Her next opponent was Ronda Rousey, whom she had already fought at Strikeforce. She lost that fight via an armbar submission in the 3rd round.

Her first victory in the promotion was against Liz Carmouche in April 2014, whom she defeated via unanimous decision. After picking up 3 more victories, she faced Holly Holm for the bantamweight title at UFC 196 on March 5th,  2016. After applying a rear-naked choke in the 5th round, she picked up the victory to become the new champion.

As her first title defense, she fought Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016. She lost the title via 1st-round rear-naked choke inside 3 minutes.

She then lost against Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 on November 12th, 2016, and decided to hang her gloves up for what now seems like a rather brief layoff.

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With her impending return to action, it will be interesting to see how far she can go. If she emerges victorious, then a fight with Nunes could very well be on the table. What do you make of Tate’s return to the ring?

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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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