Former UFC Champion Miesha Tate retired after losing a unanimous decision to Raquel Pennington at UFC 2015 in November of 2016. One of the main reasons she retired was the brutal weight cut to 135lbs. This video of her attempting to make that final cut has broken the hearts of fans around the world.
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Miesha Theresa Tate (/ˈmiːʃə/ MEE-shə; born August 18, 1986) is an American mixed martial arts pundit and former mixed martial artist who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and is a former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Primarily known for her grappling ability, Tate became a wrestler while attending Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, Washington and won a state championship during her senior year in 2005. She began her professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career in 2007, and won the bantamweight championship of the Freestyle Cage Fighting promotion in 2009. Tate gained increased recognition in 2011, when she won the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship. She has also won a silver medal in the FILA Grappling Championships.
Outside of MMA, Tate has modeled for numerous websites and publications, including ESPN The Magazine and Fitness Gurls. She is featured as a playable character in the video game EA Sports UFC. In 2015, Tate was announced as a cast member in the feature film Fight Valley. Her fighting style, which focused on wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, has earned praise from multiple peers and media outlets. Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White has credited Tate’s fight with Ronda Rousey on March 3, 2012 as the key factor in the creation of women’s divisions in the UFC. Tate’s final victory in MMA came on March 5, 2016, when she won the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship after beating Holly Holm via technical submission. On July 9, 2016, she lost the UFC title to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. In November 2016, she announced her retirement from MMA after a loss by decision to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205.
Post retirement, Tate has shown interest in competing in no-gi grappling matches, the first of which was against former MMA opponent Jessica Eye at Submission Underground 2, which Tate won in overtime. Tate has also signed a contract with Fox Sports, joining the UFC analytical desk for FS1. Tate was born in Tacoma, Washington. A tomboy during her youth, she often socialized with the boys in her neighborhood on playgrounds. While attending Franklin Pierce High School, Tate sought a sport to participate in, and eventually chose amateur wrestling over basketball. She wrestled on the boys’ team from her freshman year until graduation. “I got my butt kicked pretty hard for the first few weeks. I had no idea what I was doing, like a fish out of water,” Tate recalled in 2011. During her senior year in 2005, she competed in the girls’ state championship and won the title.