Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate recently retired from the sport of mixed martial arts following her unanimous decision loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 last month.
However, that hasn’t eliminated “Cupcake” from all competition as she just participated in the Submission Underground 2 event that took place over the weekend.
Tate grappled in a controversial contest against UFC veteran Jessica Eye, where the match ended with a win for Tate after going into overtime.
In this clip from their match, we see Tate holding position on Eye as she raises her arm as if she was going to drop some ground and pound strikes but does it only to get a reaction from the crowd as she does her signature bicep kiss instead.
Tate ended up winning the match as it went into final overtime where she won by “escape time.”
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“I don’t have to be a make-up artist you know? I don’t have to cover black eyes,” Tate told Champions of her grappling match. “I’m good, it’s a lot of fun! And Jiu-Jitsu is my favorite part of the sport, my favorite aspect of mixed martial arts. So, to be able to take that part out, isolate it and have fun, it was a good time.”
Tate says she still is a competitor and has found the grappling contest to be a good fit for where she is at in her career and most importantly is having fun doing it.
“I’m just having fun right now,” Tate stated. “I’m here. I got to enjoy a night of grappling. I got to do what I love with Jiu-Jitsu and still have a competitive edge to myself, but just here having fun.”
“Cupcake,” says she is looking to get more matches in grappling competitions and would love to test herself against Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Mackenzie Dern.
“I would love to compete against Mackenzie [Dern]. I know that she’s credentialed as one of the best,” Tate said. “So, I’d like to test myself. Jessica [Eye] is obviously a tough opponent, she’s a test in herself, but I really would like to venture into the grappling world more.”