With a world-class wrestling takedown and endless power of will, Miesha Tate will always be remembered as one of the most heartful fighters in the history of female UFC fighting. She is the former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion and former UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion.
Miesha Theresa Tate
18 Wins // 7 Losses // 0 Draws
Miesha Tate is currently 33 years old according to her date of birth August 18, 1986.
5 ft 6 in or 168 cm
135 lbs (61kg)
65 inches (165 cm)
UFC retired in 2016
Team: Xtreme Couture
Tacoma, Washington, United States
She is known as a very explosive fighter with great submission wrestling, takedown game, and excellent clinch fighting. Miesha also has a purple belt in BJJ. She also knows boxing and Muay Thai. On the ground, she is a master of sweeps and transitions, elbows, and punches. In the standup, she has a strong right cross and good right high kick.
The Road To The Top
Miesha Tate made her fighting debut on November 24, 2007, in Evansville, California. She won Jan Finney via referee decision. But Miesha was stopped in the semifinal of the same tournament via right head kick KO by Kaitlin Young, after 30 seconds in the first round.
Miesha Tate started her winning streak right after the brutal defeat! She won Elaina Maxwell, Jamie Lynn Welsh, Jessica Bednark, and Dora Baptiste.
She became Freestyle Cage Fighting champion by defeating Lisbeth Carreiro via the best Von Flue choke in female UFC history on April 4, 2009.
In her first Strikeforce debut, Miesha Tate is defeated by Sarah Kaufman via unanimous decision. The fight was held on May 15, 2009, in Fresno, California.
Miesha kicked Sarah Oriza to the head in CageSport MMA event on October 3, 2009, which took place in Tacoma, Washington. This was the most attractive knockout of her career.The Cupcake demonstrated how hard right high kick she has.
Her winning streak continued during the year 2010. Victory over Valerie Coolbaugh via world-class armbar enabled Miesha to retain Freestyle Cage Fighting champion belt. After this victory, she was promoted to Strikeforce.
The Cupcake demonstrated amazing submission skills in her Strikeforce debut on March 26, 2010, against Zoila Frausto Gurgel. She won via spectacular armbar in the second round. The event took place in Fresno, California.
Maiju Kujala and Hiromi Akano are defeated on August 13, 2010, in Phoenix, Arizona. Miesha Tate becomes the Strikeforce Contender number 1 after these victories.
She won Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship defeating Marloes Coenen via arm-triangle choke on July 30, 2011.
Miesha Tate vs Ronda Rousey – Broken Arm
The fight took place on March 3, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. It was the main event of the evening! It was very dynamic from its beginning. Miesha took her down but also escaped Ronda’s submission attempt in the first minute of the fight.
Miesha had the offensive and controlled the fight, but successful armbar at 4:27 of the first round almost cost “Cupcake” a broken arm. Ronda performed a painful armbar, but she denied to tap out. When referee stopped the fight, she was unable to move her left arm.
Before promoting to the UFC, Miesha Tate had one more Strikeforce match against Julie Kedzie. It ended in a successful armbar victory. The event took place on August 18, 2012, in San Diego, California.
Miesha Tate – UFC Career
Miesha Tate officially joined UFC in February 2013, as a member of Xtreme Couture Team. In her UFC debut against Cat Zingano on April 13, 2013, she was knocked out via knees and elbows in the third round. The event was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, under the name The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.
In the rematch against Ronda Rousey on UFC 168, Miesha had complete control during the first two rounds. However, Ronda did one more great armbar in the third round. Miesha didn’t want to risk broken arm again and tapped out.
In UFC on Fox 11, Cupcake defeated Liz Carmouche via unanimous decision. The event was held on April 19, 2014.
UFC Fight Night 52 took place on September 20, 2014. Miesha Tate struggled and won Rin Nakai via unanimous decision after three rounds.
The hardest match of Cupcake’s career was the one against Sarah McMann in UFC 183, on January 31, 2015. The fight was very tied until its end. This is Miesha’s only majority decision victory in the career.
The last decision victory of her career took place in Chicago, Illinois, on July 25, 2015. In UFC on Fox 16, Miesha Tate defeated Sarah McMann again.
Miesha Tate vs Holly Holm – UFC 196 Title Shot
This was the best fight in Cupcake’s career and the collision of two completely different fighting styles. Tate won at 3:30 in the fifth round via rear-naked choke, and became UFC Bantamweight Champion.
The match is known for the Comeback of The Year 2016. Holly Holm was demolishing her with kicks and punches, especially right side kick to the body. When everybody taught the fight will be ended via knockout, Miesha took her down and won via spectacular submission.
Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes – UFC 200 Title Loss
The match against Amanda Nunes is an example of Miesha’s stand-up weaknesses. After an unsuccessful left hook in the first minute, Amanda threw a strong overhand right and rocked Miesha Tate.
Miesha was weaker against a superior boxer like Amanda. After she went down, Amanda finished her via rear-naked choke in the first round and took her belt over. It is believed Miesha Tate received more than 100 punches to the face in just three minutes!
She lost her last UFC fight from Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision in UFC 205. Miesha Tate announced the retirement after this match, on November 12, 2016. She only gave Jessica Eye the chance in a grappling rematch, and she won it.
In late 2018 Tate joined One Championship as vice president.
Miesha Tate officially announced pregnancy on January 1, 2018. She is expecting daughter with her boyfriend, a UFC fighter Johnny Nunez, who competed at the 22nd season of The Ultimate Fighter. She is pregnant again with second child Johnny and due date is June 2020.