Miesha Tate hopes her return to wrestling will lead to another rise in the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division. After all, her last pass through the list led to a 135-pound title in 2016.
Tate, who ended her five-year retirement at the end of last month, will have her return to the Octagon against Marion Reneau in July. It will be a great opportunity for Tate to show that she is still one of the best fighters in the world, despite not competing since the decision loss to Raquel Pennington in November 2016.
Tate, who is still just 34 years old, was more or less forced to walk away from the sport when she retired all those years ago. There were too many obstacles to overcome in his personal life to continue his UFC career. With all of those things now settled, “Cupcake” is free to resume her fighting ways without distractions.
“I was really exhausted,” Tate told MMA Fighting after announcing her return to fighting. “To be honest, I was in a dark place in the latter part of my career.
“A lot of things in my personal life really affected me. There’s so much someone can take so I just needed to get away so I can regroup. “
Tate’s last appearance in the Octagon was against the aforementioned Pennington. It was the final straw and forced Tate to reassess his UFC career and overall mental health. She eventually retired, but it allowed the veteran fighter to assess her worth beyond being a fighter.
“I mean mental health is not a joke,” Tate said. “Being in a place of depression, depression is something that can consume every part of you and sometimes you feel like there is no way out of it. I think it’s important, or at least it was for me, to be brutally honest with myself and really tackle and search for the soul. After that fight, I went on a trip. I only took time to answer questions. Why did I feel like this? Where was my head? How could you improve it? That’s really what I needed time for. I needed time to reflect on myself. I needed time to regroup. I needed time to recover again and be happy in life.
“That was a scary moment because I don’t know what else he was besides a fighter. That is also scary. I feel like some people cling to their careers too much because that’s all we know. That is all.”
Despite the fact that most retired fighters come back to win a big payday, Tate is not here to make money. It helps to get paid to do what he loves, but “Cupcake” is giving up a comfortable job with ONE Championship to return to the UFC. Your return is for all that is expected of financial security.
“When I make this comeback, I don’t because I have no other options,” Tate said. “I don’t do it because money hurts. In fact, I’m moving away from a six-figure job to fight and will probably have to win three fights to win more than I would from my ONE Championship job. Win three fights.
“So it’s never been about that. For me, it has never been about money. That is not the number one motivator. Yes, I would be lying if I said that money is not great. Nobody does not like money. That certainly sweetens the pot. Now I also have a family, so I want to support my family and do all the good things, but those are not my driving factors. “
Since money is not a big factor, Tate is ready to hit the ground running and capitalize on her chance to fight her way back to a title shot. Tate has already lost to reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in 2016. She hopes her second season in the UFC will lead to a rematch with “Lioness,” who has become an unstoppable force since winning the title. before Tate.
“My drivers are reducing this back to basics,” Tate said. “When I started doing this, this was not the best. Female MMA was not great. It was frowned upon. We make little or no money, pennies on the dollar, fighting for breadcrumbs, but when you love something, you can’t put a price on it.
That’s where I am. I feel like time is of the essence and now is the time to go back and show what I really am capable of. I feel like there was a lot that I left on the table when I left. I left so many things on the table, but I needed to do that. He needed to answer those questions. He needed to get out of that hideous mental space. I think I have and that is why I am here and ready to go back. I’m ready to give that second boost to my career. “
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