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Miesha Tate Retires from MMA Following UFC 205 Loss

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.

About Bill Wentz (1557 Articles)'s Senior Columnist, writing with the site since 2009 and a lifelong wrestling fan dating all the way back to the early Wrestlemania years. As a strongly opinionated fan, you can get my thoughts regularly on Ring Rap Audio and Around the Ring on Thursdays, as well as in "Wentz's Blog" in print. Look for my live show reports as well for MMA, WWE, ROH, and more. Outside of wrestling, I have a strong obsession with trucks, winning awards statewide with a truck dubbed the "Brahma Bull Edition." Interact with me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan or by email at

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