Miesha Tate Has Sights On Nothing But Glory
Meisha Tate returned to the octagon this July after almost five years of absence from the MMA arena.
She defeated Marion Reneau in the third round via TKO — her first knockout in the UFC. Now the former bantamweight champion has set her sight on the bigger prize of the sports and she will do everything in her power to achieve that feat.
Tate’s return to the octagon wasn’t just a smooth ride.
A year ago, Tate was living with her husband, Johnny Nunez in Singapore. She was working in an office role for the Asia-based One Championship, while Nunez was part of the promotion’s fighting roster.
But the Covid-19 pandemic made life difficult for the young family and they decided to return to their home country.
On her return to the US, the “Cupcake” sent a message to UFC president Dana White, telling him about her intentions of a possible comeback.
At first, the UFC President ignored the call but eventually had to make adjustments for the former champ when she showed up unannounced to White’s office.
Now with a win under her credit since making comeback, Tate is set to face Ketlen Vieira in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.
Vieira, who is ranked No.7 in the women’s bantamweight rankings, will prove to be a lot tougher challenger than Reneau.
But Tate is well aware that she has to overcome every adversary to reach the summit for which she has returned.
“I think I can get the division spiced up a little bit,” Tate said. “I think that women in the division, they’re gonna be gunning for me – just as much as they’re gunning for Amanda.”
A win against Vieira will surely make her a force to reckon with in the bantamweight division. Tate has returned with big ambitions, and she will leave no stone unturned to become the best 135-pound fighter in the world once again.
Meanwhile, husband Nunez has been giving a strong helping hand in Tate’s return to the octagon.
“She’s a weirdo. I love her to death, but she is that type. She couldn’t care less about the money, really,” Nunez said. “She wants to dig down deep and test herself and show our kids that anything is possible, pretty much, through hard work.”
Now with Tate well and truly back in the octagon, she has expressed his desire to fight the double champ, Amanda Nunes in the future.
She would also love a title defense against the former champion Holly Holm and with “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey still lingering on her mind, Tate wants to finish the business with her arch-rival as she dreams a possible third fight.