Tate: The Door Is Closed On MMA Return
Miesha Tate walked away from the Octagon two years ago, following a loss to Raquel Pennington, at only 30 years old and less than a year from when she won the UFC Bantamweight title.
When asked about her decision to retire, on MMA Tonight, Tate claimed that starting a family has replaced fighting in her heart.
“I don’t think I’m missing something.” – @MieshaTate explains to @RyanMcKinnell why she has no intention on returning to MMA, especially now that she is a mother, but no door “is 100% closed” in her life. pic.twitter.com/YxDivy7Ced
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) June 28, 2018
“I’m open ended in every part of my life,” Tate said on MMA Tonight on SiriusXM Rush recently. “There’s never a time where I really think that a door is 100% closed because there was a time where if somebody would have asked me if I want kids, I would have said ‘I don’t think so. I don’t think I want kids.’”
“Different times of your life evoke different emotions and if the passion returns and the stars aligned, sure there’s a chance [I’d come back], but when I think about it now, I don’t feel like I’m missing something. [I have something else now], and she’s obviously my number one priority and my number one objective.”
This year, following 67 hours of labor, Tate would give birth to her daughter, and while Tate wouldn’t completely rule out a potential return, she doesn’t see it happening.
“With everything being considered, I don’t think [coming back] is the route that I’m gonna go,” Tate said. “But life is crazy. I didn’t think that I would be with such a wonderful man now, and a mother, and I didn’t know I was going to retire when I retired. I very much live by the way my heart tells me to go and when I retired I knew that my heart was telling me this was no longer an option for me.”
Transcription: MMA Fighting