After losing the UFC women’s bantamweight title, Miesha Tate was hoping to return to prominence in the opening matchup of the UFC 205 main card. Instead, it turns out to be her final fight.
Raquel Pennington (9-5), who was coached by Tate on season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter, defeated her former mentor in a unanimous decision.
The 30-year-old Tate (18-7) announced her retirement after the bout.
“I’m announcing her retirement tonight, it’s my time,” Tate said. “It’s not my time, I had a lot more to give but I had to pull it out of myself. I love this sport, thank you but this is it for me.”
— UFC (@ufc) November 13, 2016
The former UFC and Strikeforce champion said that it wasn’t “her time” anymore.
The two-time world champion walked out of the octagon for the last time.
— Irish Sun Sport (@IrishSunSport) November 13, 2016
Fight fans, fellow fighters, and the sports world was shocked by Tate’s sudden retirement.
— Raquel Pennington (@RockyPMMA) November 13, 2016
— @CrisCyborg.Com (@criscyborg) November 13, 2016
— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) November 13, 2016
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) November 13, 2016
Hats off to @MieshaTate 👏🏽 also announcing her retirement tonight! 🤧
— KailinCurranAsing (@KailinCurran) November 13, 2016
— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) November 13, 2016
Retirement!!!???? 😳 If this is true thanks you for everything that you have done for the sport and influence in women's MMA 🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Brian Ortega (@BrianTcity) November 13, 2016