Miesha Tate seems to be pretty happy with her recent retirement.
At UFC 205, the former UFC women's bantamweight champion was set to face Raquel Pennington in her first fight since losing the title to Amanda Nunes and, by all accounts, she was ready to put herself back into title contention with a win. Needless to say, things did not go according to plan. Tate lost a unanimous decision to Pennington and then, to the surprise of everyone, announced her retirement from the sport right there in the cage.
In a recent media scrum ahead of UFC: Melbourne this weekend, Tate answered questions about her retirement and what precipitated the decision.
"I just knew after like the first exchange that I just didn't want to do it anymore. 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."
After the event, Tate was the center of another story when UFC President Dana White recounted an exchange they two had after the fight about Tate going to the hospital to get checked out. White told reporters that when he insisted Tate skip the press conference to go to the hospital she told him, "F**k you, I don't work for you anymore," before eventually going to get checked out. Tate also discussed what that incident was all about.
"I was pissed. I didn't want to go to the hospital because I was fine. I knew I was fine. They didn't make me go to the hospital after I fought Amanda and you know she knocked my block off. If any time I should have gone to the hospital it probably should have been then but there wasn't really anything that happened in the fight with Raquel that I feel was hospital-deeming worthy. It just pissed me off because I was like, 'I have an after party to go to. I have my friends here. I'm in New York City, I do not want to go spend a couple hours in the ER when I've been doing this long enough to know I didn't need to go."
As for what's next for Tate, she has no dearth of options. For one, the burgeoning world of professional grappling could use the name value Tate can bring to events and she already has her first match coming up, a bout against Jessica Eye at Chael Sonnen's Submission Underground event on Dec. 11 in Portland, Ore. And beyond grappling, Tate is also looking at opportunities to stay engaged with MMA on the broadcasting level and has apparently been in contact with the UFC's partner, FOX.
"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."
All in all, Tate seems very happy with her decision to move on from competing in MMA even if she doesn't like to call it a retirement.
"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."
But don't read too much into that. While she doesn't completely rule out a comeback later on, Tate seems pretty adamant it's not in the near future.
"You never know, but at this point it's not something I'm thinking about."
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