As Miesha Tate puts it, she’s got a “cupcake in the oven.”
The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion took to Instagram on Monday evening to announce that she is pregnant and expecting a daughter later this year:
Happy New Year everyone! 2016 & 2017 were crazy years full of transitions for me but I’m so happy where I’m at now moving into 2018. I have many things to be grateful for but one stands out in particular, you see there’s this man who has brought joy and happiness into my life in a way I’ve never known before, Johnny thank you for that. I’m proud to announce we are expecting a beautiful baby girl. Now you can sit and speculate... or you can just be happy for us. I’d like to ask that everyone respect the fact that (like we have been) we would like to continue to live our private lives primarily out of the media. I won’t comment on specifics so just know that I am very happy, very excited and my life has never felt so complete. Thank you all for the continued support on this crazy journey we call life! #FollowYourHeart #mommytobe #daughter #cupcakeintheoven #love #HappyNewYear
Tate, 31, posted a collage that included an ultrasound and pictures of her celebrating with partner Johnny Nunez, a former Boise State wrestler who is best known in the MMA world for competing on the 22nd season of The Ultimate Fighter.
The announcement comes almost 14 months after Tate’s last fight, a unanimous decision loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205. Tate retired from professional competition with an 18-7 record and a UFC title among her list of accolades.