|Born||Miesha Theresa Tate
August 18, 1986
Tacoma, Washington, United States
|Other names||Cupcake, Takedown|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||134 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||64.5 in (164 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Yakima, Washington|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Competitor for United States|
|FILA Grappling World Championships|
|Silver||2008 Lucerne||-72 kg (No-Gi)|
Miesha Theresa Tate (born August 18, 1986) 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.
Tate is currently ranked as the No. 11 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com and the No. 6 135-pound female fighter according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings. As of April 11, 2014, she is #2 in official UFC women's bantamweight rankings.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Fighting style
- 4 Film and media appearances
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 Mixed martial arts record
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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.
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. She amassed a 5–1 amateur record in MMA before turning pro.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
On June 27, 2008, Tate faced Elaina Maxwell at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson. Tate moved up in weight for the fight and defeated Maxwell by unanimous decision. 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.
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. In a competitive fight, Tate was defeated by unanimous decision, which marked the first time that Kaufman had gone to a decision.
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. A random drawing was held on the day of the weigh-ins to determine first-round matchups and Tate faced Maiju Kujala in the opening round of the tournament. 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.
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. 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."
Amidst a highly publicized rivalry, Tate lost her Strikeforce title against Ronda Rousey on March 3, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. 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. 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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
With regard to her long-term goals, Tate stated the following:
|“||Becoming a champion means more to me than anything—more than a rematch, more than anything. That's something that when I'm 80 years old someday and I have kids and grandkids I can look back and say, 'Look, this is what I did. This is my accomplishment.' So that's my ultimate goal.||”|
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.
Despite winning the first two rounds, Tate lost in the final round by TKO. Tate argued that the stoppage was premature. The back-and-forth action earned both women a Fight of the Night bonus. 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.
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.
Tate is known for her extensive knowledge of ground-based arts, including wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and submission defense. In July 2011, Tate won the Strikeforce Bantamweight Championship by becoming the first woman to ever submit Marloes Coenen in an MMA bout. She is also noted for being the first fighter to escape Ronda Rousey's armbar on multiple occasions. Following their first bout in March 2012, Rousey described Tate as "much more savvy on the ground than I anticipated."
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. 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.
Tate has extensive training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. When attacking from her guard, she usually attempts an armbar or a triangle choke. She employs a variety of submissions while grappling with opponents, including heel hooks, guillotines, and kimura locks. During her fight against Julie Kedzie, she also used a triangle to transition to mount.
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. 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.
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." Rousey has described Tate as "an amazing fighter."
Film and media appearances
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.
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."
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Freestyle Cage Fighting
- FCF Women's Bantamweight Championship (One time)
- 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
- International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
- 2008 FILA Grappling World Championships Senior Women' No-Gi Silver Medalist
- USA Wrestling
- Washington Interscholastic Activities Association
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||15 wins||5 losses|
|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.|
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|3rd Women's Bantamweight Champion
July 30, 2011 – March 3, 2012