Miesha Tate is weighing her options ahead.
“Cupcake” marked her return to competition against Lauren Murphy at UFC on ABC 3. It was her third outing after a five-year hiatus between 2016 and 2021. Tate’s debut at flyweight didn’t go according to plans. She didn’t seem to find her stride in the fight and ended up losing by a unanimous decision.
Miesha Tate opens up on loss to Lauren Murphy
In an interview with MMA on SiriusXM, Tate opened up about her recent loss to Murphy.
“I’m in a very great point in my life, not like chapter one. Chapter one, it was kind of toxic and I was in a lot of turmoil, that was my outlet. It was also my identity. That’s none of those things for me anymore so as I continue to evolve, and life is great. It’s very cush and I live a wonderful life.
“I’ve everything that I need. I don’t need to fight, I just want to. I want to do better than I did this time so I’m not going to give up on it but this is a whole new challenge, like I just need to get my mindset a little bit more gritty, a little bit more grind, and a little bit more like gotta have it, not just there to have fun. Like I gotta have it, and I just don’t feel like I hit the nail on the head with that this time.”
Tate might go back to 135 lbs
Given her unsuccessful move down, Tate is speculating whether she wants to continue fighting at the lighter weight.
“I definitely need to take some time to figure it out. This, like I said was a really long camp, got drawn out two times. I don’t know if I’m going to stay at 125 or just go back to 135 where I could enjoy the diet.
“For that long, it made me want to blow my brains out. It was terrible. You asked about the plan moving forward, I don’t know I think I might stay at 135, I don’t know, we’ll see.”
Tate will need some time off from the damage she took in her most recent fight but insists she’ll keep competing.