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UFC 205 recap: Miesha Tate retires after loss to Raquel Pennington

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The opening matchup of the UFC 205 main card was supposed to be Miesha Tate's return to prominence after losing the UFC women's bantamweight title.

Instead, it turned out to be Raquel Pennington's coming-out party ... and Tate's final fight. The judges' scores were a pair of 30-27s and a 29-28 for a unanimous decision.

Tate, the former UFC and Strikeforce champion, announced her retirement after the bout.

"I'm announcing her retirement tonight, it's my time," Tate (18-7) said. "It's not my time, I had a lot more to give but I had to pull it out of myself. I love this sport, thank you but this is it for me."

Pennington, who was coached by Tate on season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter, had the best performance of her career Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, as she earned a one-sided decision over the former two-time world champion.

Pennington (9-5) established a solid jab early, one which often found a home. She used a standing guillotine to assert her dominance as she controlled the rest of the round.

Round two was much of the same. In the final round, Tate went from broke from the bottom, working for a triangle and an armbar. But Pennington kept her composure and put the rest of the fight on lockdown as she secured the victory.

"To get against Miesha, I love Miesha, she's someone I look up to. Someone's your idol and then she becomes her rival."

Tate's career ends with an 18-7 record and victories in five of her past seven fights.