Miesha Tate Is Happy Women’s MMA Is ‘Normalized’ Now

Miesha Tate talked about the past of women in MMA compared to today.

UFC President Dana White once said that women would not be able to compete in the UFC, but time by time, his mind changed, and fighters like Tate and Ronda Rousey played a part in it.
Tate is a fighter who witnessed almost every up and downs in her career.

“It is so nice that this is normalized,” Tate said.

“I used to get that question, ‘What is MMA? What is women’s MMA? Why would you do that?’ I don’t get too much of that anymore. It’s become sort of a normal thing for women to do, and a big change that I see is little girls in the training room.”

Little, little girls. I’m talking 4, 6, and 7 years old. When I started, you could’ve never seen little “girls in Jiu-Jitsu practice and in grappling class. We’re seeing a generational change.”

Tate made her UFC debut back in 2013.

First, she lost to Cat Zingano, who was in her prime by that time, and in the second bout at UFC 168, she faced Rousey. It was the rematch between these ladies, and in both battles, Rousey earned a submission Arm-bar victory.

Tate retired in 2016, but after five years, she returned and earned a third round TKO victory against Marion Reneau at UFC on ESPN 26. Her latest appearance suffered defeat against Ketlen Viera at UFC Fight Night 198 after five rounds.

“I think I’m the only female to ever really start way back in the day before the UFC, before Strikeforce had women’s fighting. Then to come up through Strikeforce, become a Strikeforce champ, to become a UFC champ, reach the pinnacle of the sport,” Tate added.

“I’m so grateful for that perspective because it still keeps me motivated and hungry every single day.”

Her next bout is scheduled for UFC 276 against former title challenger Lauren Murphy. Murphy had a five-fight winning streak and earned a title fight but suffered a TKO loss in the fourth round against the division champion, Valentina Shevchenko.

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