March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Miesha Tate throughout UFC 196 at MGM Grand Backyard Area. Obligatory Credit score: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports activities
The MMA world, particularly girls’s MMA bought a pleasant jolt of unusual information final month when former Strikeforce and UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate introduced her return to combating and lively competitors later this yr. In information that was first reported by ESPN, Tate will return to the UFC Octagon on July 17 and face Marion Reneau who has introduced the battle will probably be her final battle earlier than she heads into retirement.
Tate is the previous UFC bantamweight champion and whereas she grabbed loads of stardom throughout her rivalry with Ronda Rousey, she additionally made historical past when she was one half of the UFC 200 fundamental occasion as she defended her title towards Amanda Nunes, who would seize the championship from Tate on that night time. Not many fighters can return to the UFC after a protracted layoff, however after 5 years away, Miesha Tate might need picked the right time to make her return.
New life, new job: New model of Miesha Tate
After dropping her second consecutive battle at UFC 205 towards Raquel Pennington, who Tate coached on The Final Fighter Tate made the choice to retire in 2016, and started a brand new life. That new life included having two youngsters, changing into a well-respected radio host on Sirius XM’s Battle Nation, and in 2018 she was introduced as a Vice President of ONE Championship. Within the time away, Tate appeared to at all times hold her toes within the water across the battle recreation throughout all the MMA world, not simply the UFC, and specializing in her private life led her to the choice she’s made to return. It’s not cliché to say, it’s simply true, fighters who’ve all of it going for them often have a agency and targeted grip on their private lives and profession concurrently and obtain nice success.
Whereas it could be arduous to know, Tate coming again to lively competitors as she’s gotten all the pieces in her private life to the place she feels comfy is a giant telling signal for the way targeted she is as she prepares to return. The place she is from a skillset perspective is one factor, however having no exterior distractions will probably be an enormous plus for her.
A five-year layoff: Is it the right time to return?
It is going to be simple for the critics and analysts to convey up ring rust as Tate prepares to return to live-action, however it additionally appears very lazy. Sure, Amanda Nunes, Valentina Shevchenko, and Weili Zhang have a stranglehold on girls’s MMA, with no there being no telling if any of these three champions will lose any time quickly. Previous to UFC 260, Tate met with the media and defined her resolution, citing a fireplace inside her to battle once more a real need to compete, and a perception that she has what it takes to dethrone Nunes, who beforehand took the belt away from her.
The perfect half about Tate’s return is she’s not leaping proper into the highest of the competitors at bantamweight, however she has a plan. Throughout her weekly radio present on Sirius XM, Tate opened up on her plan to not solely turn out to be a champion as soon as once more, however a two-year plan on how she plans to go about her second stint within the UFC, and that simply exhibits the main focus and intention she has behind her return.
Miesha Tate isn’t coming again to chase the cash or as a result of she has nothing higher to do, however coming again with a calculated plan and a timeline, exhibits this comeback has critical aspirations behind it.
Bantamweights awaiting: the panorama forward for Miesha Tate
Often, it’s simple to try to predict a fighter’s future path by taking a fast have a look at the rankings and utilizing earlier performances to foretell upcoming opponents, however it received’t be the identical for Miesha Tate. Throughout her five-year absence, a lot has modified within the bantamweight division, however the division additionally feels caught as a result of dominance of Nunes ever since she captured the title at UFC 200. So what lies forward for Tate after her battle with Reneau.
A fast look on the division and it might make sense to suppose that Tate will need to get revenge on one, if not each, of her most up-to-date losses (Pennington and Holly Holm) who proceed to hover up across the high of the division. Because it appears Nunes’ subsequent opponent will probably be Julianna Pena for the bantamweight title, Tate has the chance to get an lively and busy schedule, whereas getting revenge for her losses and cementing her place on the high of the division. Now that she’s again in Vegas and targeted utterly on combating, Tate could have loads of choices, with outdated and new names able to not solely welcome her again however to battle the previous champion for the chance to be the one to dethrone Nunes.