Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate has no plans to retire from mixed martial arts (MMA), despite dropping two straight fights – including his flyweight debut against Lauren Murphy at UFC Long Island earlier this month on ABC.
But “Cupcake” has work to do if it wants to stay competitive.
“As soon as I find a good sports psychologist and start to understand or figure out how to channel, I think I’ll have more ideas,” Tate said of her. SiriusXM radio broadcast. “I don’t know how long it takes. This could be a very simple solution. The performance, my physical ability, the shape I’m in, the way I train, the skills I have, it’s all there. I just have to put it in the right place at the right time.
Tate retired from MMA after an uninspired loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 in late 2016, then made her triumphant return to the Octagon with a technical knockout victory over Marion Reneau some five years later. What followed was a lopsided loss to No. 2-ranked Ketlen Vieira, a performance that sent “Cupcake” up to flyweight.
For how long remains to be seen.
“I really need to take some time to figure it out,” Tate continued. “It was a very long camp, it was extended twice. I don’t know if I’m going to stay at 125 or just go back to 135 where I can enjoy [my life]. The diet, all this time, made me want to blow my brains out. It was terrible. I think I could stay at 135. I don’t know. We will see. I need a little time to pull myself together and see where I am.
Tate will be 36 in a few weeks.
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