UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Moises- Marion Reneau vs Miesha Tate: Prediction and Analysis

Published 07/16/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 5: Miesha Tate prior to her bout against UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm during UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)


Former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate will make her long-awaited UFC return at UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Moises. Tate takes on Marion Reneau in the co-main event of the fight card and fans can’t wait. In an ironic turn of events, Tate’s return comes in as Marion Reneau prepares to fight her final MMA fight.

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The bantamweight division is in constant need of contenders as Amanda Nunes has been a wrecking ball in the division. The UFC will certainly be hoping to see Miesha Tate pick up the W so that she can rematch Nunes. Tate has a massive fan following and her name is known by even casual MMA fans.

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UFC Fight Night: Marion Reneau vs Miesha Tate

Reneau is on a four-fight skid and hasn’t won a fight since February 2018. She is the oldest female fighter on the UFC roster and she’s getting ready to set off into the sunset following a dominant performance. Reneau has shown that she has the skill set to turn in a comprehensive effort albeit not without the most flashy style.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 20: Marion Reneau prepares to fight Raquel Pennington in their bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

‘The Belizean Bruiser’ is heavy-handed at range and has 5 KO/TKO’s to her name. She’s found it difficult as of late to keep up with range-based strikers and will want to keep the fight against the cage. However, tussling on the ground with Miesha Tate isn’t something that is particularly advisable for Reneau.

Miesha Tate last competed all the way back in November 2016 when she faced Raquel Pennington. She lost her belt to Nunes in the fight prior to her loss to Pennington and effectively retired on a two-fight skid. However, she managed to prove that under the bright lights she’s able to turn out in full force.

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’s takedown and ground control game is elite at 135-pounds and her ability to maintain position is second to none. Not to mention, she’s cautious with her striking defense and doesn’t put herself in precarious positions. She’ll benefit from entering into close range to staying at length off Marion Reneau’s jab.

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Prediction: Miesha Tate to claim a unanimous decision victory

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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