Miesha Tate shoots down talk of retirement, plans to see sports psychologist prior to UFC return

By Harry Kettle - July 26, 2022

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate has shot down the idea of retiring from mixed martial arts.

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Throughout the course of her UFC career, Miesha Tate has been recognised as a big fan favourite across the sport – and for good reason. From her title win to her attitude in and out of the cage, the veteran has never been one to turn down a challenge.

However, since returning to the promotion following her first retirement, she’s gone 1-2 which included lopsided decision defeats at the hands of Ketlen Vieira and Lauren Murphy.

Some have called for the 35-year-old to walk away but in true ‘Cupcake’ fashion, she’s adamant that she wants to continue.

“I’m at a very great point in my life,” Tate said. “Not like Chapter One. Chapter One was kind of toxic and a lot of turmoil and [fighting] was like my outlet and my identity. It’s none of those things for me anymore, so as I continue to evolve – and life is great. It’s very kush and I have everything that I need. I don’t need to fight. I just want to. I want to do better than I did this time, so I’m not going to give up. But this is a whole new challenge. I just need to get my mindset a little bit more gritty, a little bit more right, a little bit more – ‘I’ve got to have it.’ Not just there to have fun. Like, ‘I’ve got to have it.’ I just don’t feel like I hit the nail on the head with that this time.”

“As soon as I get a good sports physiologist and start to unravel or figure out how to channel, I think I’ll have more idea,” Tate said. “I don’t know how long it takes. It might be a really simple fix. The performance, my physical ability, the shape that I’m in, the way I train, the skillset that I have, is all there. I just have to put it in the right place at the right time.”

Quotes via MMA Junkie

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