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Morning Report: Miesha Tate has no plans to come back to MMA: ‘I don’t feel like I’m missing something’

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Miesha Tate at Los Angeles media luncheon for UFC 200
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In a week that has seen multiple fighters hang up the gloves for good, one MMA luminary says she has no intention of getting back into the cage.

In 2016, former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate retired from MMA after losing to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205. The retirement came as a bit of a surprise, as at only 30 years old and just eight months removed from winning the belt, Tate was still in the prime of her career. Nevertheless, “Cupcake” walked away from the sport and recently started a family, welcoming a new daughter into her life that she says has supplanted MMA’s place in her heart.

“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.”

Tate gave birth earlier this month after 67 hours of labor and with a new daughter in tow, Tate is focusing on being a parent. Tate wouldn’t completely rule out an eventual return though, saying that her retirement was a spur of the moment decision based on what her heart was telling her and a return could happen just the same way.

“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.”


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Deciding to retire was the toughest decision of my life because everything in me told me I need to keep fighting. I've fought my whole life in some form since I could remember so saying goodbye to my long time companion is hard. Fighting to me has never been about the actual fight itself. It was that in between space that exists in the fight where the "I" completely dissolves & I transform into something else. In that space the fear, doubt, negativity & life worries could never follow me. Shedding these worldly feelings to just be in the space of pure expression is something I will miss very much. Riding the emotional rollercoaster that a big fight brings is the most amazing feeling in the world and going through those experiences have made me grow into a strong man that I'm thankful for. I want to thank all my fans out there who have supported me during this journey. You fans have inspired me so much throughout the years. Many times when I couldn't find the motivation to push myself I thought about you guys. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for pushing me in every way to be the person I am today. Even the "haters" deserve a thank you because you guys provided a deep well a motivation to draw from. Thank you to the UFC for giving me the platform to live my dream. Thank you to Dana White who is one of the most caring ppl I know, even though he hides it very well with his tough exterior. Thank you to Lorenzo Fertitta who bought me my first nice suits & who always made sure he let me know he valued me as person rather than just a fighter. Thank you to all my coaches throughout the years. Thank you to Mike Vanarsdale and Joaquin Rodriguez who were two of my favorite coaches they brought out the best competitor in me. Thank you to Mike Winkeljohn who had the ability to know exactly what standup technique was gonna end the fight. Winks was like a psychic sometimes with his pre fight prophecies. Lol. Thank you Henri Hooft, Greg Jackson, Chris Lutrell, Mario Sperry, Greg Jones, Kami Barzani, Ricardo Almeida, Renzo Gracie, Rolles Gracie, Jon Chaimberg, Rodney Brewer, Tony Villani, Andrew Spruill, Roan "Jucao" Carneiro & my man Mark Henry. Excited for what’s next!

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Do it, Martin!

Head movement!

Definitely doesn’t seem ready to hang them up.


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Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.



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