Miesha Tate Talks Retirement

When Miesha Tate entered her UFC 205 bout with Raquel Pennington, she did not know it would be her last. After putting forward an uninspired performance, however, Tate knew that she was missing the fire she once had as a fighter. She made the decision in the cage, and announced it to the world immediately.

Given the sudden nature of Tate’s retirement announcement, some have expected her to backtrack on her comments about being done in the sport. Tate, talking to the media in Australia ahead of UFC Melbourne, seems content with starting a new chapter of her life.

"I just knew after like the first exchange that I just didn’t want to do it anymore," Tate said. "So it was just kind of one of those things that just like stuck it out but I knew I had a lot more to give and I just didn’t give it. I don’t know. It’s just one of those things. It’s kind of odd, to be honest. But yeah, just lacking a little bit of the competitive edge to want to punch people in the face… I planned on winning that fight and going on another title run but at the end of that I just knew."

During her career, which included an undisputed title victory at UFC 196 this year when she submitted Holly Holm, Tate has been an occasional presence on Fox Sports 1’s UFC programming. Now that she is stepping away from competition, Tate will likely increase her role in broadcast and become a staple of the UFC’s programming.

"It looks like something will come to fruition with FOX at some point so we’ll just see how that all unfolds. I think there’s going to be a lot of things that I have to look forward to but I’ve got to kind of sit down and talk to my management and see exactly what’s next."

While a retirement from competition seems to be a firm stance Tate is taking, her love for the sport of mixed-martial-arts won’t keep her away from the sport as a whole. Using the closing of one door as a means to open many other, Tate looks forward to remaining a familiar face in the UFC world.

"I prefer the term ‘transition’ – just transition into like, more promoting events. I’m still going to be involved. Actually, you might see more of me now."

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