Miesha Tate
Cupcake

USA

Set for Oct. 16 fight
BantamweightUFC
August 21, 2021
Tate will fight Ketlen Vieira at the Oct. 16 UFC event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Tate's comeback continues after she won via TKO (strikes) against Marion Reneau in July. Tate's opponent, Vieira, is coming off of a loss in her last fight back in February.
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Returns with excellent effort
BantamweightUFC
July 17, 2021
Tate defeated Marion Reneau via TKO (strikes) at 1:53 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN 26 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
The level of competition she was facing must be taken into consideration, but Tate looked as strong as could reasonably be expected given the fact she hadn't fought since November 12, 2016. Tate announced this past March that she would be making a comeback and her maiden voyage went well. She used her trademark wrestling to overwhelm the since-retired Reneau, all while controlling the center of the octagon and pace of the fight throughout. Tate turns 35 years of age in exactly a month. It's probably a stretch to consider her a real contender at 135 pounds given her age and the time away, especially when the division's champion is Amanda Nunes (the two fought back in July 2016, with Nunes winning via first-round submission), but Tate is a popular name and the division isn't exactly overflowing with women deserving a title shot. Expect Tate to be pushed heavily in the coming months.
Making comeback July 17
BantamweightUFC
March 24, 2021
Tate has decided to come out of retirement and will fight Marion Reneau at the UFC's event on July 17, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Tate is set to return to the Octagon for the first time since 2016, when she shockingly retired after a loss to Raquel Pennington -- which came just four months after dropping the UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. Now 34 years old, Tate will look to add a second chapter to her professional career.
Announces shocking retirement following loss to Raquel Pennington
BantamweightUFC
November 12, 2016
Tate shockingly retired from active MMA competition following her loss to Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision (28-29, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 205 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
ANALYSIS
Just four months ago, Tate was UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, now she's retiring. Saturday's performance was far more concerning than her loss to Amanda Nunes that cost her the belt. Tate was blitzed in the Nunes fight. On Saturday she had nothing to give over the course of a full 15-minute fight. Pennington dominated no matter where the fight took place and Miesha simply had no answer for anything she threw her way. Tate is just 30-years-old, but she has been a pro for nearly nine years and she obviously has many interests outside of the cage. She has also reportedly contemplated retirement in the past. It's a blow to MMA if Tate's decision is final. She was one of the biggest stars in the sport, particularly amongst casual fans.
Set for first fight since dropping UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship
BantamweightUFC
November 8, 2016
Tate (-175) is favored over Raquel Pennington for their women's bantamweight bout which will take place on Saturday at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
ANALYSIS
Tate deserves a better opponent, but there weren't many options given the current state of the UFC women's bantamweight division. Tate's upset of Holly Holm that won her the championship was all but forgotten when she was hammered by Amanda Nunes in July. A fight against Pennington is going to do nothing for Tate in terms of the rankings, so she better figure out a way to come out on top.
Facing six-month medical suspension
BantamweightUFC
July 15, 2016
Tate (broken nose) is facing a six-month medical suspension following her loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
At the very least, Tate will not be able to return to competition until Sep. 8, and have no contact until Aug. 24, but that's given she's cleared by an ENT doctor. If she isn't cleared, the former bantamweight champion will not be able to fight again until early-2017. Given the brutality of her first-round defeat, it's unlikely she's physically ready to fight until then anyway.