Miesha Tate retires from MMA after UFC 205 loss

One of the top women’s mixed martial artists of all-time is calling it a career.

On Saturday night, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha tate announced her retirement after suffering a unanimous decision loss to Raquel Pennington, who Tate coached on The Ultimate Fighter season 18, at UFC 205 in New York City.

Tate announced her retirement in the cage.

“I’m announcing her retirement tonight, it’s my time,” Tate said. “It’s not my time, I had a lot more to give but I had to pull it out of myself. I love this sport, thank you but this is it for me.”


If this really is the end for Tate, she leaves behind a remarkable career.

As one of the true pioneers of women’s MMA, Tate was a former Strikeforce and UFC champ. Tate held the UFC title as recently as this year, before losing to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. Now, after her second straight loss, Tate is hanging it out.

Congratulations on the amazing career, Miesha.

As for Pennington, the dominant performance over a former champion should allow her to earn another high-profile matchup in the near future.

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