Miesha Tate (18-7 MMA, 5-4 UFC) has apparently called it a career on the heels of her loss to Raquel Pennington (9-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) at UFC 205 in New York on Saturday night. The loss came as her second in a row after losing to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in July. Pennington defeated Tate by a unanimous decision.
In the post match interview with Joe Rogan, Tate said that she was stepping away from MMA because of the result, as well as because of the amount of punishment she has taken through the course of her career. The fight with Pennington was fairly one-sided, and Tate said that “it’s just not my time anymore.”
Along with Ronda Rousey, Miesha has been around the top of the women’s MMA game for quite some time now. She has held championships both in Strikeforce and in the UFC. Her most recent championship run was ended by the current women’s bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes. Her long-running feud with Ronda Rousey will be remembered for being one of the best in MMA.
Bill Says: It’s a long running adage in the fight sports that “if it feels early to retire from fighting, it’s right on time.” We’ll see if Tate is just going to take a break from the MMA game, or if she’s indeed finished. She hasn’t looked good in her past two fights and seems to be a shell of herself, so I’m sure that factored in to what was said tonight.