Former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate stunned the MMA community when she abruptly retired following her loss at #UFC205. Now, weeks later, she is explaining the thought process behind that decision.
“The problem is, I don’t want to give you guys half-ass performances," she said during a Q&A following UFC Melbourne. "Unless I can go in there with a whole heart, I refuse to go back into that Octagon. That’s where it stands."
Tate could be heard between rounds telling her cornermen that she didn't 'care enough' to continue before announcing the retirement in her post fight interview.
“The competitive nature, it has to be there. I’ve been in contact sports over half my life. It doesn’t’ have the same thrill that it did when I was 22,” she said. “I won’t go in there and fight with half a heart.”
Tate won the bantamweight title when she defeated Holly Holm at UFC 196, but then lost it during her first title defense to Amanda Nunes. She then went on to face one of her former protégés, Raquel Pennington, and lost again.
Prior to that loss she had been campaigning for another shot at former champion Ronda Rousey, who returns to the Octagon this month.
“I look at this as like the halftime of my life," she said. "It’s a transition-period. I don’t look at myself as retired because I’m going to be doing a lot more things. It’s just a transition into something else. You guys may actually see more of me.”
That something could be a career in the burgeoning grappling scene.