‘I Am Back’- Miesha Tate Announces Her Return to UFC on Social Media

Published 03/31/2021, 1:18 AM EDT
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)


Former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate took to social media and shared her excitement over her return to the UFC. ‘Cupcake’ will make her way back into the organization after nearly five-years off from her last fight with the promotion. Miesha Tate last fought back in November 2016, where she lost a unanimous decision to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205.

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Tate recently announced her comeback via ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, and the UFC soon came out and confirmed the same. She will take on Marion Reneau on July 17 in what is ironically Reneau’s retirement fight with the organization. Marion Reneau is on a four-fight skid within the UFC and has decided that the time was ripe for her to walk away following one last fight.

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Miesha Tate: Title ambitions at hand

Tate who left the UFC on the back of two straight losses is keen to avenge one of those defeats to Amanda Nunes which came at UFC 200. The aforementioned bout served as Nunes’ coming out party as she captured the belt in this fight. Prior to her two-fight skid, Miesha Tate was on a five-fight win streak and had taken out Holly Holm to capture the belt.

Following her defeat, Tate stepped away to pursue other things. Now, her experience in fighting top competition will probably prepare her to return in top shape despite a long lay-off. Fans are excited to see how she fares against a bantamweight division that looks quite different from when she left it.

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)

Chiefly, Tate’s main motive for returning to the UFC is to make good on her defeat at the hands of ‘The Lioness’ and become a champion once more. Miesha Tate believes she has the necessary fighting style to get one over on Nunes and end her reign. There’s no question that if she’s able to accomplish this feat in her comeback, it will be nothing short of spectacular.

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The UFC’s bantamweight division leaves something to be desired in terms of a new inflow of title challengers. Tate’s return will help to spark intrigue and interest that some might argue was lacking currently.

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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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