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UFC bantamweight Raquel Pennington defeated her one-time Ultimate Fighter coach, Miesha Tate, at UFC 205, which led to Tate shocking the MMA community by retiring, something that Pennington isn't entirely comfortable with.

Pennington knows the fight game is a cruel beast, and losses will come, even for the best. "Miesha has nothing to keep her head down about."

Tate is a two-time bantamweight champion (once in Strikeforce, once in the UFC) who was coming off her loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. Pennington extended her three-fight win streak to four by defeating the former champ via unanimous decision.

"It's definitely the biggest fight of my career," she said. "It was an honor to fight Miesha. She's someone who I have always looked up to, so to finally be in this position and fight someone who has been my idol for a long time, it shows me that I am finally doing something right."

Tate had previously asked for another shot at former champion Ronda Rousey, whom she had fought (and lost to) two times previously, but it seems she isn't willing to wait around for a fight that might not happen, especially now that Rousey has voiced her intentions to retire soon.

"Everyone says that Ronda Rousey is the face of women's MMA," she said. "But, I believe Miesha should be up there too."

How can you deny that?


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