Miesha Tate Sends Amanda Nunes a Warning as She Returns to UFC Action

Published 03/25/2021, 1:14 PM EDT


Miesha Tate is one of the pioneers of the women’s revolution in the UFC. She is a legend of the sport, and even though her farewell wasn’t good, the highs that she achieved remained etched in every fan’s memory. However, that’s not enough for Tate.

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In a wonderful turn of events, Tate announced her come back to the sport with a fight against Marion Reneau on July 17. She’ll fight in the bantamweight division again after she retired from the sport in 2016. The current Bantamweight champion and one of the greatest fighters of all time, Amanda Nunes, had a hand in her retirement.

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Tate hasn’t forgotten that, and she talked about Nunes in a recent interview with ‘MMA on SiriusXM.’ “I want to become a champion again, and I think Amanda is just a phenomenal fighter,” she said. She added that Nunes is the best, and she’s the greatest of all time, in her opinion.

However, she also added that if she gets a chance, if she gets to fight Nunes again, she would put her nose to the grindstone. Tate genuinely believes that she can get her moment, but also added that she wouldn’t mind Julianna Pena fighting and beating Nunes before her.

Miesha Tate believes her experience will help her against Amanda Nunes

“I’d love to run that one back. I would love to fight her again because I know I have the style to beat her. I’m not at all gonna take anything away from her. She is just a scary woman, and she hits like a man, and I know that,” she added, heaping some more praise on Nunes.

She said that she could bank on their previous fight and learn and grow from that experience. Tate also added that she has the style to beat her and that she desires to do so.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 09: (L-R) Amanda Nunes of Brazil punches Miesha Tate in their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 200 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Finally, she concluded and said, “I have plans. I have goals, and I know I’m somebody that, when push comes to shove, I make sh*t happen.” 

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No one would doubt her after exploits in the bantamweight division. She was one of the greatest fighters in the women’s division, and it will be really interesting to see if the long layoff has affected her in any way.

Do you think Miesha Tate can get back to her best after five years away from the sport?

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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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