Only moments after the final decision in her bout against Raquel Pennington, all-time great women’s competitor Miesha tate as announced her intentions to end her competitive career inside the Octagon.
She made the announcement on after her second consecutive defeat, but her most recent outings will be far from the only thing remembered when reflecting on Tate’s pioneering career and legacy. Tate initally made her name in the now defunct Strikeforce organization where she fought 6 times and earned the promotion’s women’s 135 lbs. championship by submitting Marloes Coenen. She would drop the belt in her next bout with Ronda Rousey, but he place in the limelight was secure and she moved to the UFC after winning 5 out of her six bouts with Strikeforce.
At first, her time with the UFC looked liked it would be spent mostly in the shadow of Rousey after losing in a second attempt to derail the then champion. That all changed, however, after Tate when on a five fight winning streak that was capped off with a 5th round finish of Holly Holm in a fight that she was losing on the cards. The win brought the elusive UFC championship to Tate and added her name to a short list of fighters who have held both the UFC and Strikeforce championships.
During her time in the sport, Tate defeated fighters like Holm, Jessica Eye, Sara McMann, Liz Carmouche, and Marloes Coenen. She finished her career with an impressive 18-7 record.