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.
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.
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.
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. 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 is scheduled to face Zoila Frausto at ShoMMA 7: Johnson vs. Mahe on March 26, 2010. A war of words developed between Tate and Frausto in the weeks leading up to the fight. 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. A random drawing was held on the day of the weigh-ins to determine first-round matchups and Tate faced Maiju Kujala in the opening round of the tournament. 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.
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. 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."
Amidst a highly publicized rivalry, Tate lost her Strikeforce title against Ronda Rousey on March 3, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. 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. 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.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
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.
Despite winning the first two rounds, Tate lost in the final round by TKO. Tate argued that the stoppage was premature. The back-and-forth action earned both women a Fight of the Night bonus. 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.
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.
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.
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."
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|5||0 wins||0 losses|
|Loss||13–5||Ronda Rousey||Submission (armbar)||UFC 168||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||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||August 18, 2012||3||3:28||San Diego, California United States|
|Loss||12–3||Ronda Rousey||Submission (armbar)||Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey||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||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||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||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||March 26, 2010||2||4:09||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||8–2||Valerie Coolbaugh||Submission (armbar)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 38||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||October 3, 2009||2||0:08||Tacoma, Washington, United States|
|Loss||6–2||Sarah Kaufman||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Aina||May 15, 2009||3||3:00||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||6–1||Lizbeth Carreiro||Submission (von flue choke)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 30||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||February 21, 2009||1||1:48||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||4–1||Jessica Bednark||TKO (punches)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 27||January 31, 2009||1||1:22||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||3–1||Jamie Lynn Welsh||TKO (punches)||CageSport MMA||November 29, 2008||1||2:21||Tacoma, Washington, United States|
|Win||2–1||Elaina Maxwell||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson||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||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||November 24, 2007||4||3:00||Evansville, Indiana, United States||BodogFIGHT 2007 Women's Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "MMA Quick Hits - Miesha Tate Interview", retrieved from SportingNews.com, URL accessed March 24, 2010
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Exclusive Interview With Miesha Tate", retrieved from MMARising.com, URL accessed March 24, 2010
- ↑ http://mmajunkie.com/2008/06/strikeforce-melendez-vs-thomson-play-by-play-and-live-results/
- ↑ "Miesha Tate captures 135 pound title at Freestyle Cage Fighting", retrieved from PROMMANOW.com, URL accessed March 24, 2010
- ↑ "Despite opponent change, Miesha Tate comfortable with 'win-win' situation", retrieved from MMAJUNKIE.com, URL accessed March 24, 2010
- ↑ "Miesha Tate wins impressively in Cage Sport MMA main event", retrieved from PROMMANOW.com, URL accessed March 24, 2010
- ↑ "Miesha Tate Submits Valerie Coolbaugh At FCF 38", retrieved from MMARising.com, URL accessed March 24, 2010
- ↑ "Miesha Tate Ready For 'Cocky and Arrogant' Zoila Frausto", retrieved from Strikeforce.com, URL accessed March 24, 2010
- ↑ Lineup Set For Strikeforce Women's Tournament. MMARising.com. Retrieved on 2010-07-10.
- ↑ Update: Strikeforce Still Planning Random Draw. MMARising.com. Retrieved on 2010-07-21.
- ↑ Damm-Akano, Tate-Kujala Set For Strikeforce. MMARising.com. Retrieved on 2010-08-12.
- ↑ Miesha Tate Wins Strikeforce Women's Tournament. MMARising.com. Retrieved on 2010-08-13.
- ↑ Miesha Tate On The Knee Injury That Knocked Her Out of Strikeforce Title Fight. MMAWeekly.com (2011-02-24). Retrieved on 2011-03-01.
- ↑ MMAWeekly.com’s Strikeforce Fighter of the Night: Miesha Tate. MMAWeekly.com (2011-07-31). Retrieved on 2011-07-31.
- ↑ Miesha Tate Faces Ronda Rousey at Strikeforce March 3. MMAWeekly.com (2012-01-04). Retrieved on 2012-01-07.
- ↑ Ronda Rousey, Sarah Kaufman Win Big At Strikeforce In Ohio. MMARising.com (2012-03-03). Retrieved on 2012-03-03.
- ↑ Strikeforce Prelims: Miesha Tate Armbar Submits Julie Kedzie. Sherdog.com (2012-08-18). Retrieved on 2012-08-19.
- ↑ Second UFC women's fight set: Miesha Tate meets Cat Zingano at TUF 17 Finale. MMAjunkie.com (2013-02-11). Retrieved on 2013-02-11.
- ↑ Keith Grienke (2013-03-16). Rousey to Coach TUF 18; Men/Women Bantamweights to Compete. TopMMANews.com. Retrieved on 2013-03-16.
- ↑ Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano: Dominant Win Proves Zingano Ready for Ronda Rousey. Bleacher Report (2013-04-13).
- ↑ TUF 17 Finale bonuses: Zingano, Tate, Browne, Pineda earn $50,000. MMAjunkie.com (2013-04-14). Retrieved on 2013-04-15.
- ↑ A.J. Perez (2013-05-29). Miesha Tate savors shot at UFC champ Ronda Rousey. USA Today. Retrieved on 2013-05-30.
- ↑ Ronda Rousey submits Miesha Tate by 3rd-round armbar. USA Today (2013-12-29).
- ↑ Fight Life: MMA Documentary
- ↑ Miesha Tate – Fitness Gurls Cover Model. Fox Sports (2013-11-14). Retrieved on 2013-11-16.
- ↑ UFC Star Miesha Tate and Bryan Caraway: The Most Hated Couple in MMA?. bleacherreport.com (2013-05-18).