ONE Championship is racking up big-name fighters from the United States.
The latest? Miesha Tate.
The women’s MMA legend will join ONE as a vice president and relocate to the promotion’s home country of Singapore, ONE announced early Thursday morning. Tate will join the notable recent fighter additions of Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez to the ONE Championship roster.
“I am thrilled to join ONE Championship as a vice president,” Tate said in a statement in the ONE press release. “I truly believe in its mission of unleashing real-life superheroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams and inspiration. I’m honored to bring my experience as a World Champion and to help inspire the next generation of athletes. And of course, I am excited to relocate to my new home, Singapore, and travel throughout Asia!”
Tate, 32, retired from MMA in 2016 after two straight losses. The former UFC and Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion is one of the most popular names in women’s mixed martial arts history. Tate beat the likes of Holly Holm, Julie Kenzie and Sara McMann in her nine-year career. She is also known for a longtime, well-publicized feud with fellow women’s MMA great Ronda Rousey.
“It is both an honor and a privilege to announce that women’s mixed martial arts world champion Miesha Tate will be joining ONE Championship as vice president,” ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong said. “Miesha has been an incredible pioneer for the sport, and has been an inspiration for many young men and women. What impresses me most about Miesha is her humility, compassion, honor, and respect. Throughout her career, Miesha has always exemplified the deep-rooted martial arts values of integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion. Not only is she a good friend, but I am proud to have her represent ONE Championship on a global scale. I look forward to welcoming Miesha to her new home in Singapore!”
Tate recently had her first child. She has been working within the MMA space as a manager, on-air television analyst and color commentator and radio personality.
Tate is currently in Singapore for ONE’s Heart of the Lion card, which takes place this weekend. Free-agent Sage Northcutt will also be in attendance.