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Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate
Personal information
Born Miesha Theresa Tate
August 18, 1986 (1986-08-18) (age 31)
Tacoma, Washington, United States
Nickname "Cupcake"
Nationality U.S Flag American
Listed height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)
Listed weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Reach 64.5 in (164 cm)
Career information
Division Bantamweight
Style Wrestling/BJJ
Fought out of Sacramento, California, United States
Team Team Alpha Male
Years active 2007–2016
MMA Record
Wins 18
Loses 7

Miesha Tate (born August 18, 1986), also known by her nickname of "Cupcake" is an American retired professional female mixed martial artist who competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is a former UFC Women's Bantamweight champion. She has fought in Strikeforce and is a former Freestyle Cage Fighting Women's Bantamweight Champion. She has also competed and won a silver medal in the FILA Grappling Championships.

Early lifeEdit

Tate wrestled on the boys' wrestling team in high school. In 2005, she won the high school women's state championship and went on to win nationals at the World Team Trials in the 158lb division.[1]

Soon after, Tate joined a mixed martial arts sport club at Central Washington University that was run by her current boyfriend and trainer, Bryan Caraway.[2]

MMA careerEdit

Tate debuted in Mixed martial arts in 2007 at the one-night HOOKnSHOOT Women's Grand Prix. She defeated Jan Finney in the opening round, but was knocked out later in the night by a head kick from eventual tournament champion Kaitlin Young.

On June 27, 2008, Tate faced Cung Le protégé Elaina Maxwell at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson. Tate moved up in weight for the fight and defeated Maxwell by unanimous Decision.[3]

Tate won three more times and captured the FCF Women's Bantamweight Championship by defeating Liz Carreiro at Freestyle Cage Fighting on April 4, 2009.[4]

She returned to Strikeforce at ShoMMA 1: Evangelista vs. Aina on May 15, 2009. Tate was originally scheduled to face Kim Couture, but Couture withdrew from the fight due to undisclosed reasons and Tate was matched up against undefeated Canadian Sarah Kaufman instead.[5] In a competitive fight, Tate was defeated by unanimous Decision, but it marked the first time that Kaufman had ever lost a round or gone to a decision.

Tate knocked out Sarah Oriza eight seconds into the second round at a CageSport MMA event on October 3, 2009.[6]

She successfully defended her FCF title against Valerie Coolbaugh on January 16, 2010 at FCF 38.[7]

Tate is scheduled to face Zoila Frausto at ShoMMA 7: Johnson vs. Mahe on March 26, 2010.[1] A war of words developed between Tate and Frausto in the weeks leading up to the fight.[2][8] She won the fight via Armbar in round 2.

Tate was then scheduled to be part of the one-night Strikeforce 135-pound women's tournament on August 13, 2010 at Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor.[9] A random drawing was held on the day of the weigh-ins to determine first-round matchups[10] and Tate faced Maiju Kujala in the opening round of the tournament.[11] She defeated Kujala by unanimous decision after two rounds to advance to the tournament final. She then defeated Hitomi Akano by unanimous decision after three rounds to become Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Tournament Champion.[12]

Tate was scheduled to challenge Marloes Coenen for the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship on March 5, 2011, but withdrew from the fight after suffering a knee injury in training.[13] The two met at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson on July 30, 2011. Tate defeated Coenen via Submission (arm-triangle choke) to become the new champion. Following the fight, Tate stated, "I think I’m not in reality quite yet," Tate said shortly after winning the women’s bantamweight title. "I can’t believe that I have a belt to take home with me. I really had to dig deep those last couple rounds. Like I said, I had a tough end to my training camp, but I just feel like I went out there and I did what I needed to do and I won the fight and I’m world champion."[14]

Amidst a highly publicized rivalry, Tate lost her Strikeforce title against Ronda Rousey on March 3, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.[15] The fight served as the main event of Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey. She lost the fight via submission in the first round due to an Armbar after appearing to dislocate her elbow.[16] Tate then faced Julie Kedzie at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman on August 18, 2012. She defeated Kedzie by submission via Armbar in the third round.[17]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

In February 2013, Tate officially joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The UFC announced that she would face Cat Zingano on April 13 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.[18]

Prior to the fight, it was revealed that the winner of Tate vs. Zingano would receive a title shot against Ronda Rousey, who became the inaugural UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. It was also revealed that the winner would coach against Rousey on The Ultimate Fighter 18.[19]

Despite winning the first two rounds, Tate lost in the final round by TKO. Tate argued that the stoppage was premature.[20] The back-and-forth action earned both women a Fight of the Night bonus.[21] On May 28, it was announced that Zingano had withdrawn as Rousey's opponent and opposing coach after suffering a knee injury which required surgery, and had been replaced by Tate.[22]

The rematch between Rousey and Tate took place at UFC 168 on December 28, 2013. After surviving the first two rounds, and escaping two submission attempts, Tate lost via Armbar in the third round.[23]

Tate faced Liz Carmouche in the co-main event at UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne on April 19, 2014. She won the fight via unanimous decision, earning her first win in the UFC. Tate then faced promotion newcomer Rin Nakai at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson on September 20, 2014. She won the fight via unanimous decision, making Tate 2-2 in the UFC.

On March 20, 2015, it was announced that Tate would face Jessica Eye in a bout on July 25, 2015 at UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2. Given the significance of the fight, which was initially promoted as a top-contender bout, Tate remarked that she expected "the best Jessica Eye that anyone has ever seen," and called Eye a tough opponent. Tate won the fight by unanimous decision.

In January 2016, it was announced that Tate would be the first to face against Holly Holm's title defense at UFC 196 on March 5, 2016. Tate defeated Holm via a technical submission due to a rear-naked choke in the fifth round to become the new UFC Bantamweight Champion, which made her earned her first Performance of the Night bonus award.

After her victory over Holm, UFC president Dana White quickly announced that Tate's first title defense would be against Ronda Rousey at a yet-to-be-determined event later in 2016. However, on April 6, White revealed that Tate would instead fight Amanda Nunes in her first title defense at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016. In this fight, Nunes defeated Tate via a rear-naked choke hold three minutes into the first round to become the new Women's Bantamweight Champion.

Tate fought Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016 and lost to Pennington via unanimous decision. After this match Tate announced her retirement from mixed martial arts.

Media appearancesEdit

Tate is featured in the mixed martial arts documentary Fight Life. The film is directed by indie filmmaker James Z. Feng and produced by RiLL Films.[24]

She appeared nude in the 2013 ESPN Body Issue, and also appeared on the December 2013 cover of Fitness Gurls magazine, which labeled Tate "the most beautiful woman in MMA."[25]

Personal lifeEdit

Tate is currently dating fellow UFC fighter Bryan Caraway.[26]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–5 Ronda Rousey Submission (armbar) UFC 168 02013-
December
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December 28, 2013
3 0:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Loss 13–4 Cat Zingano TKO (knees and elbow) The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale 02013-
April
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April 13, 2013
3 2:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 13–3 Julie Kedzie Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman 02012-
August
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August 18, 2012
3 3:28 San Diego, California United States
Loss 12–3 Ronda Rousey Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey 02012-
March
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March 3, 2012
1 4:27 Columbus, Ohio, United States Lost Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 12–2 Marloes Coenen Submission (arm-triangle choke) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson 02011-
July
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July 30, 2011
4 3:03 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States Won Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 11–2 Hitomi Akano Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor 02010-
August
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August 13, 2010
3 3:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Strikeforce 2010 Women's Welterweight Tournament Final.
Win 10–2 Maiju Kujala Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor 02010-
August
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August 13, 2010
2 3:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Strikeforce 2010 Women's Welterweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 9–2 Zoila Gurgel Submission (armbar) Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe 02010-
March
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March 26, 2010
2 4:09 Fresno, California, United States
Win 8–2 Valerie Coolbaugh Submission (armbar) Freestyle Cage Fighting 38 02010-
January
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January 16, 2010
1 4:45 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Defended FCF Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Sarah Oriza KO (head kick) CageSport MMA 02009-
October
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October 3, 2009
2 0:08 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Loss 6–2 Sarah Kaufman Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Aina 02009-
May
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May 15, 2009
3 3:00 Fresno, California, United States
Win 6–1 Lizbeth Carreiro Submission (von flue choke) Freestyle Cage Fighting 30 02009-
April
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April 4, 2009
3 2:48 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States Won FCF Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 5–1 Dora Baptiste Submission (triangle choke) Atlas Fights: USA vs. Brazil 02009-
February
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February 21, 2009
1 1:48 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 4–1 Jessica Bednark TKO (punches) Freestyle Cage Fighting 27 02009-
January
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January 31, 2009
1 1:22 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Win 3–1 Jamie Lynn Welsh TKO (punches) CageSport MMA 02008-
November
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November 29, 2008
1 2:21 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 2–1 Elaina Maxwell Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson 02008-
June
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June 27, 2008
3 3:00 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 1–1 Kaitlin Young KO (head kick) HOOKnSHOOT: BodogFIGHT 2007 Women's Tournament 02007-
November
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November 24, 2007
1 0:30 Evansville, Indiana, United States BodogFIGHT 2007 Women's Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 1–0 Jan Finney Decision (referee decision) HOOKnSHOOT: BodogFIGHT 2007 Women's Tournament 02007-
November
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November 24, 2007
4 3:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States BodogFIGHT 2007 Women's Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Exclusive Interview With Miesha Tate", retrieved from MMARising.com, URL accessed March 24, 2010
  3. http://mmajunkie.com/2008/06/strikeforce-melendez-vs-thomson-play-by-play-and-live-results/
  4. "Miesha Tate captures 135 pound title at Freestyle Cage Fighting", retrieved from PROMMANOW.com, URL accessed March 24, 2010
  5. "Despite opponent change, Miesha Tate comfortable with 'win-win' situation", retrieved from MMAJUNKIE.com, URL accessed March 24, 2010
  6. "Miesha Tate wins impressively in Cage Sport MMA main event", retrieved from PROMMANOW.com, URL accessed March 24, 2010
  7. "Miesha Tate Submits Valerie Coolbaugh At FCF 38", retrieved from MMARising.com, URL accessed March 24, 2010
  8. "Miesha Tate Ready For 'Cocky and Arrogant' Zoila Frausto", retrieved from Strikeforce.com, URL accessed March 24, 2010
  9. Lineup Set For Strikeforce Women's Tournament. MMARising.com. Retrieved on 2010-07-10.
  10. Update: Strikeforce Still Planning Random Draw. MMARising.com. Retrieved on 2010-07-21.
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  19. Keith Grienke (2013-03-16). Rousey to Coach TUF 18; Men/Women Bantamweights to Compete. TopMMANews.com. Retrieved on 2013-03-16.
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  24. Fight Life: MMA Documentary
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  26. UFC Star Miesha Tate and Bryan Caraway: The Most Hated Couple in MMA?. bleacherreport.com (2013-05-18).

External linksEdit

Sherdog logo2 Professional MMA record for Miesha Tate from Sherdog Fight Finder

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