Miesha Tate

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Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate.jpeg
Born Miesha Theresa Tate
(1986-08-18) August 18, 1986 (age 28)
Tacoma, Washington, United States
Other names Cupcake, Takedown
Nationality United States American
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Weight 134 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Reach 64.5 in (164 cm)
Style Kickboxing, Wrestling
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Yakima, Washington, United States
Years active 2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 20
Wins 15
By knockout 3
By submission 6
By decision 6
Losses 5
By knockout 2
By submission 2
By decision 1
Website http://takedowntate.ning.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Miesha Tate
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Women's Grappling
FILA Grappling World Championships
Silver 2008 Lucerne -72 kg (No-Gi)

Miesha Theresa Tate (born August 18, 1986)[1] is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is a former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. She has also won a silver medal in the FILA Grappling Championships.[2]

Tate is currently ranked as the No. 11 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com[3] and the No. 6 135-pound female fighter according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.[4] As of April 11, 2014, she is #2 in official UFC women's bantamweight rankings.[5]

Early life[edit]

Tate was born in Tacoma, Washington. She wrestled on the boys' wrestling team in high school. In 2005, she won the high school women's state championship and went on to win nationals at the World Team Trials in the 158 lb division.[2]

While attending Central Washington University Tate's colleague, Rosalia Watson, encouraged her to attend the mixed martial arts club with her. Soon after attending, Tate officially joined the mixed martial arts sport club at Central Washington University that was run by her current boyfriend and trainer, Bryan Caraway.[6] She amassed a 5–1 amateur record in MMA before turning pro.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Tate debuted in mixed martial arts in 2007 at the one-night HOOKnSHOOT Women's Grand Prix. She defeated Jan Finney in the opening round, but was knocked out later in the night by a head kick from eventual tournament champion Kaitlin Young.

Strikeforce[edit]

On June 27, 2008, Tate faced Elaina Maxwell at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson.[7] Tate moved up in weight for the fight and defeated Maxwell by unanimous decision.[8] Tate won three more times and captured the FCF Women's Bantamweight Championship by defeating Liz Carreiro at Freestyle Cage Fighting on April 4, 2009.[9]

She returned to Strikeforce at Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Aina on May 15, 2009. Tate was originally scheduled to face Kim Couture, but Couture withdrew from the fight due to undisclosed reasons and Tate was matched up against Sarah Kaufman instead.[10] In a competitive fight, Tate was defeated by unanimous decision, which marked the first time that Kaufman had gone to a decision.[11]

Tate faced Zoila Gurgel at Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe on March 26, 2010.[2] Tate won the fight by armbar submission in the second round.[12]

Tate was then scheduled to be part of the one-night Strikeforce 135-pound women's tournament on August 13, 2010 at Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor.[13] A random drawing was held on the day of the weigh-ins to determine first-round matchups[14] and Tate faced Maiju Kujala in the opening round of the tournament.[15] She defeated Kujala by unanimous decision after two rounds to advance to the tournament final. She then defeated Hitomi Akano by unanimous decision after three rounds to become Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Tournament Champion.[16]

Tate was scheduled to challenge Marloes Coenen for the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship on March 5, 2011, but withdrew from the fight after suffering a knee injury in training.[17] The two met at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson on July 30, 2011. Tate defeated Coenen via submission (arm-triangle choke) to become the new champion. Following the fight, Tate stated, "I think I’m not in reality quite yet," Tate said shortly after winning the women’s bantamweight title. "I can’t believe that I have a belt to take home with me. I really had to dig deep those last couple rounds. Like I said, I had a tough end to my training camp, but I just feel like I went out there and I did what I needed to do and I won the fight and I’m world champion."[18]

Amidst a highly publicized rivalry, Tate lost her Strikeforce title against Ronda Rousey on March 3, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.[19] The fight served as the main event of Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey. She lost the fight via submission in the first round due to an armbar after appearing to dislocate her elbow.[20] Tate then faced Julie Kedzie at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman on August 18, 2012. She defeated Kedzie by submission via armbar in the third round.[21]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In February 2013, Tate officially joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The UFC announced that she would face Cat Zingano on April 13 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.[22]

With regard to her long-term goals, Tate stated the following:

Prior to the fight, it was revealed that the winner of Tate vs. Zingano would receive a title shot against Ronda Rousey, who became the inaugural UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion. It was also revealed that the winner would coach against Rousey on The Ultimate Fighter 18.[24]

Despite winning the first two rounds, Tate lost in the final round by TKO. Tate argued that the stoppage was premature.[25] The back-and-forth action earned both women a Fight of the Night bonus.[26] On May 28, it was announced that Zingano had withdrawn as Rousey's opponent and opposing coach after suffering a knee injury which required surgery, and had been replaced by Tate.[27]

The rematch between Rousey and Tate took place at UFC 168 on December 28, 2013. After surviving the first two rounds, and escaping two submission attempts, Tate lost via armbar in the third round.[28]

Tate faced Liz Carmouche in the co-main event at UFC on Fox 11. Despite being out grappled by Carmouche in Rounds 1 and 2, She won the fight via unanimous decision earning her first win in the UFC.[29]

Tate then faced promotion newcomer Rin Nakai at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson on September 20, 2014.[30] She won the fight via unanimous decision making Tate 2-2 in the UFC.[31]

Fighting style[edit]

Tate is known for her extensive knowledge of ground-based arts, including wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and submission defense.[32][33] In July 2011, Tate won the Strikeforce Bantamweight Championship by becoming the first woman to ever submit Marloes Coenen in an MMA bout.[34] She is also noted for being the first fighter to escape Ronda Rousey's armbar on multiple occasions.[35] Following their first bout in March 2012, Rousey described Tate as "much more savvy on the ground than I anticipated."[36]

Tate is noted for her double-leg takedowns, usually performed by picking an opponent up while pressing them against the cage. From top position, she typically attacks from side control as opposed to mount; in a rear position, she will usually secure a body triangle and attack with strikes.[37][38][39] Having won multiple titles in wrestling, Tate is well known for her power on the ground, which often allows her to hold opponents in vulnerable positions.[37][40]

Tate has extensive training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. When attacking from her guard, she usually attempts an armbar or a triangle choke.[38][41] She employs a variety of submissions while grappling with opponents, including heel hooks, guillotines, and kimura locks.[38][42][43] During her fight against Julie Kedzie, she also used a triangle to transition to mount.[38]

Numerous media outlets, including Yahoo! and FoxSports.com, have described her ground game as "powerful" and "dominant," noting that Tate's opponents are often overwhelmed if taken down.[44][40][45] Julie Kedzie typically avoided going to the ground with Tate throughout the duration of their fight. During their bout at UFC 168, Ronda Rousey repeatedly blocked and reversed Tate's takedown attempts.[41][46]

While standing, Tate typically uses left jabs, left hooks, a right cross, and knees from a clinch.[38][45]

Tate's technique has earned the admiration of numerous peers. Following their bout in April 2013, Cat Zingano stated, "To be honest, I looked up to Miesha since I started this sport."[47] Rousey has described Tate as "an amazing fighter."[48]

Film and media appearances[edit]

Tate is featured in the award-winning mixed martial arts documentary Fight Life, the film is directed by James Z. Feng and released in 2013. The film's DVD bonus materials includes a featurette on her and boyfriend Bryan Caraway's struggle coming up in the MMA world before making it big.[49]

She appeared nude in the 2013 ESPN Body Issue, and also appeared on the December 2013 cover of Fitness Gurls magazine, which labeled Tate "the most beautiful woman in MMA."[50]

Personal life[edit]

Tate is a fan of the Seattle Seahawks.[51] She is currently dating fellow UFC fighter Bryan Caraway;[50] and she is credited with saving the life of Bryan’s mother, Chris Caraway.[52]

She is managed by Kevin Harvick.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Freestyle Cage Fighting
    • FCF Women's Bantamweight Championship (One time)
  • HOOKnSHOOT
    • BodogFIGHT 2007 Women's Bantamweight Tournament Semifinalist
  • World MMA Awards
    • 2011 Female Fighter of the Year
  • Women's MMA Awards
    • 2011 Submission of the Year vs. Marloes Coenen on July 30
    • 2010 Female Fighter of the Year
    • 2010 Female Bantamweight of the Year
    • 2009 Submission of the Year vs. Lizbeth Carreiro on July 4
  • AwakeningFighters.com WMMA Awards
    • 2013 Personality of the Year
    • 2013 Fight of the Year vs. Ronda Rousey on December 28[55]

Submission grappling[edit]

  • USA Wrestling
    • FILA World Team Trials Senior Women's No-Gi Runner-up (2009)
    • FILA World Team Trials Senior Women's Gi Winner (2008)

Amateur wrestling[edit]

Upcoming MMA fight[edit]

Weight class Opponent Opponent's Record Event Date Notes
Women's Bantamweight Miesha Tate vs. Sara McMann 8-1 UFC 183 January 31, 2015 [56]


Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–5 Rin Nakai Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson September 20, 2014 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 14–5 Liz Carmouche Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Loss 13–5 Ronda Rousey Submission (armbar) UFC 168 December 28, 2013 3 0:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Loss 13–4 Cat Zingano TKO (knees & elbow) The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale April 13, 2013 3 2:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 13–3 Julie Kedzie Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman August 18, 2012 3 3:28 San Diego, California United States
Loss 12–3 Ronda Rousey Technical Submission (Armbar) Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey March 3, 2012 1 4:27 Columbus, Ohio, United States Lost the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 12–2 Marloes Coenen Submission (arm-triangle choke) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson July 30, 2011 4 3:03 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States Won the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 11–2 Hitomi Akano Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor August 13, 2010 3 3:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Tournament Final.
Win 10–2 Maiju Kujala Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor August 13, 2010 2 3:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 9–2 Zoila Frausto Gurgel Submission (armbar) Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe March 26, 2010 2 4:09 Fresno, California, United States
Win 8–2 Valerie Coolbaugh Submission (armbar) Freestyle Cage Fighting 38 January 16, 2010 1 4:45 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Defended the FCF Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Sarah Oriza KO (head kick) CageSport MMA October 3, 2009 2 0:08 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Loss 6–2 Sarah Kaufman Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Aina May 15, 2009 3 3:00 Fresno, California, United States
Win 6–1 Lizbeth Carreiro Submission (von flue choke) Freestyle Cage Fighting 30 April 4, 2009 3 2:48 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States Won the FCF Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 5–1 Dora Baptiste Submission (triangle choke) Atlas Fights: USA vs. Brazil February 21, 2009 1 1:48 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 4–1 Jessica Bednark TKO (punches) Freestyle Cage Fighting 27 January 31, 2009 1 1:22 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Win 3–1 Jamie Lynn Welsh TKO (punches) CageSport MMA November 29, 2008 1 2:21 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 2–1 Elaina Maxwell Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson June 27, 2008 3 3:00 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 1–1 Kaitlin Young KO (head kick) HOOKnSHOOT: BodogFIGHT 2007 Women's Tournament November 24, 2007 1 0:30 Evansville, Indiana, United States BodogFIGHT 2007 Women's Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 1–0 Jan Finney Decision (referee decision) HOOKnSHOOT: BodogFIGHT 2007 Women's Tournament November 24, 2007 4 3:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States BodogFIGHT 2007 Women's Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal.

See also[edit]

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Preceded by
Marloes Coenen
3rd Women's Bantamweight Champion
July 30, 2011 – March 3, 2012
Succeeded by
Ronda Rousey