‘I Was in a Dark Place’- Miesha Tate Talks About Her Struggle With Depression

Published 04/02/2021, 3:00 PM 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)


UFC is one of the biggest MMA promotions on the planet, and the most essential parts of the UFC are their fighters. However, such is the nature of the game that the hate against the fighters is always present.

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People go so far in their hatred that they forget that the fighters are human beings too. One such fighter, Miesha Tate, the former Bantamweight Champion, talked about her journey through depression.

She was at the highest point in her career after winning the belt against Holly Holm. It was a remarkable victory and was meant to be a sign of good things ahead. However, it all went wrong when she lost the belt to Amanda Nunes and lost her subsequent fight against Raquel Pennington at UFC 205.

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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 announced her retirement and wouldn’t fight again for nearly 5 years. It was an amazing day when she announced that she was coming back to fight Marion Reneau. She talked to MMA Fighting to reveal the truth about those dark times of her life.

I was really burnt out,” Tate said. “I was kind of in a dark place, to be honest, the latter part of my career.”

Miesha Tate went on a road trip after her loss

Tate expanded on the topic of depression and added that mental health is no joke. “To be in a place of depression — depression is something that can consume every piece of you, and sometimes you feel like there’s no way out of it,” she said.

She had to be brutally honest with herself at the time, and she needed to do some soul searching. “After that fight, I went on a road trip. I just took time for myself to answer questions,” she added.

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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)

“That was kind of a scary moment because I don’t know what else I was besides a fighter. That’s also scary. I feel like some people hold on too long to their careers because it’s all we know. That’s it,” she concluded.

Most people look at their jobs as their priority, which might be good for the short term, but everyone needs a life away from their jobs.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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