Miesha Tate training
Miesha was the new champion and UFC belt holder when she took it away from Holly Holm “The Preacher’s Daughter”. Holly previously fought Ronda Rousey and won by KO with a powerful roundhouse kick to her face.
Miesha Tate (born August 18, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is the former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. She has also won a silver medal in the FILA Grappling Championships.
Tate is currently ranked the No. 6 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com and the No. 4 135-pound female fighter according to the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.
Tate debuted in mixed martial arts in 2007 at the one-night HOOKnSHOOT Women’s Grand Prix. She defeated Jan Finney in the opening round but was knocked out later in the night by a head kick from eventual tournament champion Kaitlin Young.
On June 27, 2008, Tate faced Cung Le protégé Elaina Maxwell at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson. Tate moved up in weight for the fight and defeated Maxwell by unanimous decision. Tate won three more times and captured the FCF Women’s Bantamweight Championship by defeating Liz Carreiro at Freestyle Cage Fighting on April 4, 2009.
She returned to Strikeforce at Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Aina on May 15, 2009. Tate was originally scheduled to face Kim Couture, but Couture withdrew from the fight due to undisclosed reasons and Tate was matched up against undefeated Canadian Sarah Kaufman instead. In a competitive fight, Tate was defeated by unanimous decision, but it marked the first time that Kaufman had gone to a decision.
In February 2013, Tate officially joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The UFC announced that she would face Cat Zingano on April 13, 2013, at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.
With regard to her long-term goals, Tate stated the following:
” Becoming a champion means more to me than anything—more than a rematch, more than anything. That’s something that when I’m 80 years old someday and I have kids and grandkids I can look back and say, ‘Look, this is what I did. This is my accomplishment.’ So that’s my ultimate goal.”
Prior to the fight, it was revealed that the winner of Tate vs. Zingano would receive a title shot against Ronda Rousey, who became the inaugural UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. It was also revealed that the winner would coach against Rousey on The Ultimate Fighter 18.
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