Former UFC bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate announced her retirement following her loss at #UFC205 this past weekend. Critics were concerned by her performance at UFC 200, her first title defense, but chalked it up to main event pressures. It was unlike her usual, gutsy performances, but that fight, paired with her loss to Raquel Pennington, added up to a woman ready to be done with the sport she's trailblazed through for the last decade.
Now, a video has surfaced where you can hear the WMMA pioneer giving up.
"I'm not showing up in here anymore," she told her coaches Bryan Caraway and Robert Follis. "I don't care enough."
Caraway (also Tate's boyfriend) said: "You show up in practice."
She then said, "I just, I don't have it anymore."
After Bruce Buffer read the result — a unanimous decision for Pennington — Tate spoke to Caraway again.
"I don't want to fight anymore, Bryan," she said. "I don't want to do this anymore."
(Transcribed by Marc Raimondi/MMAFighting.com)
Tate announced her retirement moments later.
She had been chasing former UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey for a third fight, but now it looks like that will never happen. Miesha lost her Strikeforce belt to Ronda in 2012, and fell to Ronda in a bid for the UFC title in 2013. It was only after Holly Holm defeated Rousey that Miesha was able to finally hold the title in her hands. She defeated Holm at UFC 194 via rear-naked choke.
She then lost the belt to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 during his first title defense. Now, she's calling it a career.