After 67 hours of labor, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is now a mother. Tate, who has been sharing updates on her blog throughout her pregnancy, gave birth to a baby girl named Amaia late last night.
A friend of Tate’s announced this exciting news on Instagram.
“Around midnight last night, I texted [Miesha Tate] and told her that she had 24 hours to produce my birthday twin,” Tate’s friend said on Instagram. “And she did. Best birthday present ever! I’m so proud of my incredible friend. After 67 hours of labor, she gave birth to a perfect, tiny human. I am so proud of her, to be able to call her one of my best friends, and to share a birthday with this little piece of magic named Amaia. So many congratulations to [Miesha Tate] and [Johnny Nunez]. Thank you for the messages and texts. It’s been an especially taxing week for me, but somehow you all made it better. This special occasion was too good to keep to myself, but it’s back to radio silence for me.”
Miesha Tate has not fought since November of 2016, when she gave up a decision to Raquel Pennington, and announced her retirement from MMA post-fight. In her next most recent bout, she surrendered the UFC women’s bantamweight belt to Amanda Nunes, succumbing to a first-round choke. Tate won the title in March of 2017, when she choked out Holly Holm in the fifth round of an epic fight.
We wish Miesha Tate and Johnny Nunez all the best in this exciting, new chapter of their lives.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/4/2018.