Miesha Tate, the former UFC bantamweight champion has announced that she will be coming out of retirement to fight again. Tate retired in 2016 before becoming involved with ONE Championship as an ambassador and executive. Brett Okamoto posted on his Twitter saying “Miesha Tate has decided to make a comeback. She will fight Marion Reneau on July 17, who tells ESPN that will be her retirement fight. Tate’s career resumes, as Reneau puts a bow on hers.”
Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) has decided to make a comeback. She will fight Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) on July 17, who actually tells ESPN that will be her retirement fight. Tate's career resumes, as Reneau puts a bow on hers. https://t.co/4t2l8xBd0Z
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 24, 2021
Tate said goodbye to the competition in 2016 after back to back losses to Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. Tate lost her bantamweight title in her first defence when she met future GOAT of women’s MMA, Amanda Nunes, by round one rear-naked choke. she would then lose her next bout against Raquel Pennington by unanimous decision at UFC 205, where she would announce her retirement in her post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. Miesha would subsequently join ONE Championship as an American ambassador and executive. However 5 years after saying goodbye she is returning to active competition.
Some of the Highlights of Miesha’s career have been her huge rivalry and subsequent two bouts with Ronda Rousey, which culminated in the two facing off as rival coaches on season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter ahead of their second bout at UFC 168. Miesha pushed Ronda to the third round before succumbing to a Rousey Armbar. However, Tate would certainly come out of the fight better off in the eyes of the fans with Rousey refusing to shake Miesha’s hand after what was a gruelling fight for both. Three years later, however, Tate would have her moment when she faced the woman who had recently dethroned Rousey, Holly Holm. In a truly Rocky Balboa style performance, Tate would go from losing the majority of the fight to pulling off the biggest win of her career by submitting Holm with a rear-naked choke late in the final round to become only the third ever women’s bantamweight champion in UFC history.
How long Tate will continue to fight for is yet to be seen, but a win over Reneau would certainly be a great way to start. I am very excited to see Miesha back in the Octagon, with many exciting possible match-ups, who could we end up seeing her share the octagon with?