Couture Praises Tate for Retirement

Miesha Tate’s surprising retirement after her loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 was one of the most shocking moments of UFC 205 weekend. She walked away from the sport and left many people surprised at the suddenness with which she ended her storied career. However one person, MMA legend Randy Couture, was quick to praise Tate for stepping away from the sport.

“I think there’s something to be said for going out on your own terms – not waiting until some doctor or some promoter’s telling you, ‘You shouldn’t be doing this anymore,’” Couture recently said as reported by MMAJunkie. “You’ve got to be honest. You’ve got to look at where you’re at, why you’re doing this.”

Tate’s 2016 shows she may be right to walk away. She’s gone from champion to loser of two fights in a row. That said, the former StrikeForce and UFC champion is widely considered a pioneer for what she brought to women’s MMA at a time before the UFC bought into the idea of bringing women into the Octagon. Her career ends at the age of 30 with an overall 18-7 record. Highlights include wins over Holly Holm, Julie Kedzie, and Marloes Coenen. Her most notable moments include the come from behind win over Holm and her two fights against Ronda Rousey.

Couture, a UFC Hall of Famer, has experience with retirements; the first of which came in 2006.

“It’s such a personal thing, having been there and done it twice,” Couture said. “It’s hard to explain; but to make a rational decision. It’s not about going out there to cash another check; it’s about going out there and wanting to be the best. And if you feel like you’ve been there, done that and realistically maybe not going to be there again, then why?”

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