Don’t know who’s playbook they are borrowing from but ONE Championship keeps on making interesting moves. Per a new rumor Miesha Tate is the next target on their ever growing list of former UFC champions.
It began with Eddie Alvarez, which made sense because The Underground King was always belt hunting and paycheck seeking. This has been Alvarez’s career path and it just made sense for all parties involved.
Next came the deal to swap Ben Askren for Mighty Mouse Johnson. Askren was on the shelf, Mighty Mouse did everything he could for the UFC and the rest is MMA history. You’re already a legend in the UFC, might as well chase paper while you still can.
The latest rumors is that former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is the next to jump ship to ONE Championship. Tate retired from the UFC, got married and had her first daughter in June 2018. It’s not that crazy to think that ONE Championship came at her with a fat check and an opportunity to headline some cards in 2019.
Or maybe Tate serves as some kind brand ambassador for ONE, which would also make sense but wouldn’t really be huge move. Still a nice little move by the promotion but if they could get Tate back in the cage? That would draw some eyeballs.
Tate is only 32 years old and still one of the five or ten most recognizable stars when it comes to women’s MMA.
— Andrew Whitelaw (@ASTJWhitelaw) November 7, 2018
It feel like ONE is reloading their stable of well known MMA stars as they haven’t really made too many in free agency over the past several years. Most of ONE’s stars have been homegrown but maybe this influx of ex-UFC talent is a sign of bigger things for the promo?
Update: Welp….still wouldn’t rule out one more fight because this is MMA after all
Please join me in welcoming my good friend @MieshaTate to @ONEChampionship! She is one of the greatest female mixed martial artists in history. Above all, she has a heart of gold. Miesha will be moving to Singapore in early 2019 to join us as a Vice President. #WeAreONE
— Chatri Sityodtong (@yodchatri) November 8, 2018