Miesha Tate Isn’t Retiring, Hopes To Return To UFC Soon
After losing her last two of three fights, critics have questioned if Miesha Tate should be returning to the UFC.
Earlier this month, she was defeated by Lauren Murphy. A unanimous decision loss had been declared, but she says her journey is not over quite yet.
Tate hopes to show the UFC that she can get the gold again.
“I’m at a very great point in my life,” Tate said on her Sirius XM radio show.
“Not like Chapter One. Chapter One was kind of toxic and a lot of turmoil and (fighting) was like my outlet and my identity. It’s none of those things for me anymore, so as I continue to evolve – and life is great. It’s very kush and I have everything that I need. I don’t need to fight. I just want to.
“I want to do better than I did this time, so I’m not going to give up. But this is a whole new challenge. I just need to get my mindset a little bit more gritty, a little bit more right, a little bit more – ‘I’ve got to have it.’ Not just there to have fun. Like, ‘I’ve got to have it.’ I just don’t feel like I hit the nail on the head with that this time.”
Tate hopes to visit a sports psychologist before her return in order to improve mentally during the fight.
“As soon as I get a good sports physiologist and start to unravel or figure out how to channel, I think I’ll have more idea,” Tate said.
“I don’t know how long it takes. It might be a really simple fix. The performance, my physical ability, the shape that I’m in, the way I train, the skillset that I have, is all there. I just have to put it in the right place at the right time.”
Tate also shared that the cut down to reach the 125-pound division was a difficult one and it only became more difficult once the fight with Murphy had been delayed.
“I definitely need to take some time to figure it out,” Tate said.
“It was a really long camp, it got draw out two times. I don’t know if I’m going to stay at 125 or just go back to 135 where I can enjoy. The diet, for that long, made me want to blow my brains out. It was terrible. I think I might stay at 135. I don’t know.
“We’ll see. I need a little time to regroup and see where I go from it.”