AO8 Management keeping Miesha Tate active in MMA
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate may have retired from mixed martial arts competition but her work within the sport is not yet complete.
According to a report earlier today from MMAFighting.com, Tate, along with partners Robert Reynolds and Robert Callister, formed AO8 Management to represent fighters.
“To date, they’ve signed pros Gina Mazany, Cindy Dandois, and Gustavo Lopez, amateur fighter Cheyanne Vlismas, and recently received a verbal commitment from five-division boxing champion Amanda Serrano, who plans to pursue MMA as a flyweight,” the report said.
Tate retired from MMA in November 2016, shocking the world with her announcement following a loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205. Tate came into UFC 205 as the No. 1 ranked female bantamweight in the UFC. She won the title back in March defeating Holly Holm at UFC 196, and then lost the belt to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200.
“I think managing fulfills the competition need for me,” she said. “I still feel like I’m conquering things. Part of being a fighter is conquering not just an opponent but yourself. You have to dig so deep sometimes and you have to conquer fears and different parts of yourself both emotionally and physically. It’s addicting, that growth. But now I feel I’m doing that in a different realm. It’s not physically competitive but emotionally and mentally, I still feel very competitive. I want to go out there and walk down sponsors. I want to get the best for my athletes so I’m still competing, but in a different way, in business.”
How to find out more about AO8 Management
After not being able to find very much information about her new venture, I reached out to Tate herself. While there may not yet be a website available, Tate assures that is coming in the near future.