Back in November at UFC 205, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate retired from MMA in the midst of a 2-fight losing streak. Tate had quite the emotional rollercoaster of a year as she won the UFC women’s bantamweight championship in March by picking up a spectacular 5th round submission win over Holly Holm as she submitted ‘The Preachers Daughter’ with less than two minutes to go in a fight she likely would have lost on the judges scorecards.
Following her win over Holm, Tate stepped into the Octagon in the main event of UFC 200 in July for a highly anticipated showdown with Amanda Nunes. Just moments into the fight, Nunes landed a big punch that stunned Tate. ‘Cupcake’ never fully recovered, and ultimately Nunes picked up a first round submission win over Tate to claim the women’s bantamweight championship.
In her first fight since losing the championship belt, Tate squared off against Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 in New York in November. While Tate hoped to return to the win column at the historic event, Pennington picked up a massive win as she ultimately won a unanimous decision. Following the fight, Tate used her post-fight Octagon interview to announce her retirement from MMA, explaining that she simply doesn’t have the desire to compete at the highest level of MMA anymore.
Despite that, Tate admitted that she is a competitor, and still had a drive to compete. Following her retirement ‘Cupcake’ competed in Submission UnderGround 2 where she had a grappling match with Jessica Eye.
Now, several weeks removed from her grappling match, Tate underwent successful nose surgery. She took to Facebook to give an update on the situation:
“Nose surgery appears to have gone well, didn’t do anything major just had the previous broken pieces smoothed out and the septum straightened so I can breathe again!!! It sucks right now but I can’t wait for it to be healed up so I can enjoy the luxury of breathing with ease!”