Miesha Tate Returns to UFC Action Against Fellow American in a Massive Matchup

Published 01/11/2022, 1:04 AM EST
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)


Miesha Tate hinted that she would move down to the flyweight division. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion stayed true to her words as 2022 will see her make her flyweight debut against Lauren Murphy.

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The bout was earlier slated for April at UFC 273, however, reports are in that it will now take place at a UFC event on May 14.

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Cupcake‘ returned to the octagon against Marion Reneau last year in July after her five-year retirement phase. Notably, she stopped Reneau into the third round of their bout via punches. Subsequently, she lost her fight to Ketlen Vieira via a unanimous decision.

Fight fans believe this loss against Vieira has influenced her to move down a division to find success.

On the other hand, Lauren Murphy is coming off a loss against women’s flyweight division queen, Valentina Shevchenko. In what was a much-awaited title fight for her, ‘Lucky’ couldn’t hold her ground in front of ‘Bullet’ as Shevchenko stopped her in the fourth round of their bout at UFC 266.

Notably, Murphy, who is #4 on the flyweight charts, was on an undefeated streak since 2019 until Valentina Shevchenko defeated her at UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega. Surely, ‘Lucky‘ won’t be an easy outing for ‘Cupcake’.

Miesha Tate calls UFC fighters who joined OnlyFans ‘desperate’

Miesha Tate came under fire when she commented on a video interview of herself. In the video, Tate touched upon the fighter’s pay issue and a fan named OnlyFans as an alternative to low fighter pay. In reply to the suggestion, Tate wrote, “No where in this video did I say I was desperate.”

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The recent comments made by ‘Cupcake’ may have come as many female MMA fighters have taken to the OnlyFans medium over the past few years, including Jessica Penne, Kyra Batara, Bec Rawlings, and Kay Hansen.

Many in the sports industry have supported Tate for her opinions. On the flip side, there have been people who have dismissed it as well.

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What do you make of this? Also, what’s your take on the Lauren Murphy vs Miesha Tate fight?

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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