Miesha Tate headed into UFC 205 with the intent of scoring a victory and launching another title run. But, the star says she knew her fighting career should come to a close, not long into her scrap with Raquel Pennington.
Tate took on Pennington at the December 12th, New York City card, and ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision. Shortly after the decision was declared, Tate dropped thousands of jaws, by announcing she was retiring. After all, Tate is only 30 year’s old, and this past March, she won the bantamweight title by choking out Holly Holm.
Well, Tate is in Australia this week for the UFC’s latest card in Melbourne. Recently “Cupcake” spoke to the media, and of course, she was asked about when she decided to retire (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I just knew after like the first exchange that I just didn’t want to do it anymore. So it was just kind of one of those things that just like stuck it out but I knew I had a lot more to give and I just didn’t give it. I don’t know. It’s just one of those things. It’s kind of odd, to be honest. But yeah, just lacking a little bit of the competitive edge to want to punch people in the face… I planned on winning that fight and going on another title run but at the end of that I just knew.”
Professional fighting is certainly not the kind of career you should be in, if you believe your heart isn’t really in it. You might not like your desk job, but chances are you’re not going to get concussed, by not going full out…Tate is a big enough name, and has a large enough following, that she’ll likely have plenty of opportunities outside of the cage. Case in point, she also reportedly noted that she’s been talking with FOX.