“My Whole Fight Purse Was Gone” – Miesha Tate Reveals How Less She Got Paid for Her UFC Return

Published 08/20/2021, 12:06 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 09: Miesha Tate prepares to face Amanda Nunes of Brazil in their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 200 event on July 9, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate, made a magnificent comeback at UFC Vegas 31. She fought Marion Reneau and earned a whopping $261,000 per The Sports Daily. However, despite making a large sum, it didn’t leave ‘Cupcake’ with much after her expenses.

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At UFC Vegas 31, Tate put on a great show and dominated Reneau for the entire fight. The bout resulted in a spectacular third-round TKO victory for ‘Cupcake’. As a result, the UFC also awarded her the ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus, a sum of $50,000.

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However, on a recent episode, Tate, who sometimes co-hosts the MMA on SiriusXM podcast with Ryan McKinnell, revealed how she was left with nothing after her expenses. 

Miesha Tate claimed that at least 98% of her fight purse was gone after factoring in every expense. 

‘Cupcake’ said – “My whole fight purse was gone; show and win, for this fight. I at least spent, it had to be about 98 percent at least. So, maybe I walked away with a little bit. But, out of $200,000? Yeah, I am just lucky I made a bonus, to be honest. I am serious, that’s how much it costs.”

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“Because you take taxes off the top. 70 percent of my fight purse is gone immediately, right off the top. So I have 30 percent to work with. And that 30 percent I take to buy my organic foods, to get my, whatever, training gear, heart rate monitors, whatever other things that I need to invest in to make the camp go well.”

What is next for Miesha Tate?

After defeating Reneau, Tate now has a splendid professional MMA record of 19-7 (4 T/KO and 7 Submissions). As of August 2021, she sits at #8 in the UFC women’s bantamweight rankings.

In her next fight, UFC fans will probably witness her going up against any of the current top 10 contenders in the division. Moreover, in her UFC Vegas 31 post-fight interview, Tate revealed she would like a rematch against Holly Holm.

‘Cupcake’ clashed against then-UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 196 back in March 2016. After four rounds of complete domination on Holm’s part, she turned the tide in the last round. 

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The bout resulted in Tate dethroning the champion by putting Holm to sleep via a rear-naked choke in the fifth round. If Tate vs. Holm 2 ever comes to fruition, it will be one of the most exciting rematches in UFC history. 

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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