It has been a year and a half since Miesha Tate traded in her 4 oz. gloves to live life outside the world of regular mixed martial arts competition. The retirement caught the MMA world by surprise as she left the sport moments after her UFC 205 loss to Raquel Pennington.
Another interesting thing of note is that Tate was still in the prime of her MMA career as she was only 29 at the time and had won the UFC bantamweight title earlier that year.
Nowadays Tate has moved on to bigger and better things as most recently she gave birth to her daughter, in which she says has now replaced where MMA is in her heart.
“I’m open ended in every part of my life,” Tate said on MMA Tonight on SiriusXM Rush recently.
“There’s never a time where I really think that a door is 100% closed because there was a time where if somebody would have asked me if I want kids, I would have said ‘I don’t think so. I don’t think I want kids.’
“Different times of your life evoke different emotions and if the passion returns and the stars aligned, sure there’s a chance [I’d come back], but when I think about it now, I don’t feel like I’m missing something. [I have something else now], and she’s obviously my number one priority and my number one objective.”
With her newborn daughter now in her life, Tate is 100% focused on being a parent although she wouldn’t dismiss an eventual return to MMA, as she expressed making the call to retire was a sudden decision and the just was just following what was in her heart, but she also stated the same way she suddenly decided on retirement, that same thought process could lead to her making a possible return.
“With everything being considered, I don’t think [coming back] is the route that I’m gonna go,” Tate said. “But life is crazy. I didn’t think that I would be with such a wonderful man now, and a mother, and I didn’t know I was going to retire when I retired. I very much live by the way my heart tells me to go and when I retired I knew that my heart was telling me this was no longer an option for me.”
Do you think we’ll ever see Miesha Tate in a MMA cage ever again?