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After announcing her retirement from MMA, Miesha Tate proved that she's not done competing yet in all aspects of the sport.

At Submission Underground 2 last night, Tate took home the victory over Jessica Eye in the overtime escape period. Not only did she earn another gold belt, but Tate now has wins over Eye in MMA and submission grappling. The more important thing thought, is that Tate is all smiles.

"I'm just having fun right now," Tate said. "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."

"I don't have to be a make-up artist, I don't have to cover black eyes, I'm good, it's a lot of fun!" Tate said. "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 was [great]."

Without all the scrapes and bumps of MMA, Tate was able to dissect her favorite part of the sport and enjoy it without all the pressure and (some) of the pain. ...And it seems like she's hooked.

A new beginning.

"It was a transition. It was definitely something different," Tate said. "I kind of like that it was sort of a throwback, the venue was must smaller, the crowd was more intimate, it really reminded me of where I got my beginning. It just kind of refreshed me. Like man, this is just like where I started."

While Tate spoke about just not feeling it anymore in MMA, it seems like competing in the grappling tournament was a breath of fresh air and could pave the way for a future in another sport. This would not have been possible a couple of years ago, but now with Eddie Bravo Invitational, Polaris and many others, there are a lot of venues more than willing to accept UFC and former UFC fighters on to the mat in front of a knowledgeable crowd.

What's next?

Just like called out for after tapping out , has future grappling opponents in mind and seems willing to compete again under the Submission Underground umbrella. One of the opponents she mentioned was recent BJJ/MMA crossover and fighter, 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 I tough opponent, she's a test in herself, but I'd really like to venture into the grappling world more."

Watch the full interview with Miesha Tate below.


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