Miesha Tate has said goodbye to the UFC as an active competitor after a one-sided loss to rising star Raquel Pennington follow their Bantamweight fight at UFC 205.
Tate, a MMA veteran bows out of the sport with a record of 18 – 7, having realized her dream, once becoming the UFC Women’s World Bantamweight Champion.
Coming into this fight off the back of loosing her title to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200, Tate had a point to prove. In a post from her Instagram leading into the fight, she said she felt the best she ever had, but unfortunately, by fight time, she was far from her best.
Out-muscled and out-grappled by Pennington, which was surprising, given the display Tate put on against Holly Holm when winning the Title. Ultimately, Tate was just too slow to keep up with Pennington, whom she coached on season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter.
Tate will walk away from the sport as one of it’s most marketable stars and one of the biggest names in the Women’s division, having undergone a serious rivalry with Ronda Rousey through Strikeforce and the early days of Women in the UFC.
The division is better for her being in it, and with her gone, it’s thinner. Amanda Nunes is the only active Women’s fighter in the division with name recognition, and with Ronda Rousey, coming off a year out publicly stating her career is nearing an end, things do look a little dark.