August 18, 1986 |
Tacoma, Washington, United States
|Other names||Cupcake (current), Takedown (former)|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||135 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. She is a former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. She has also won a silver medal in the FILA Grappling Championships.
Early life 
Tate 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 Miesha'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 
Early 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.
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 undefeated Canadian Sarah Kaufman instead. In a competitive fight, Tate was defeated by unanimous decision, but it 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.
Tate 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.
In order to unify all weight classes, Zuffa changed the title held by Marloes Coenen from Welterweight to Bantamweight prior to the fight taking place. Tate's fight with Marloes Coenen for the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship was rescheduled for Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson on July 30, 2011. Tate defeated Coenen via submission (arm-triangle choke) to become the new Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. "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."
Tate's first defense of her Strikeforce title was 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.
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.
Championships and accomplishments 
Mixed martial arts 
- Freestyle Cage Fighting
- FCF Women's Bantamweight Championship (One time)
- BodogFIGHT 2007 Women's Bantamweight Tournament Semifinalist
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- 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
Submission grappling 
- International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
- 2008 FILA Grappling World Championships Senior Women' No-Gi Silver Medalist
- USA Wrestling
Amateur wrestling 
- Washington Interscholastic Activities Association
Mixed martial arts record 
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||13 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||13–4||Cat Zingano||TKO (knees and 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||Submission (armbar)||Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey||March 3, 2012||1||4:27||Columbus, Ohio, United States||Lost 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 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 2010 Women's Bantamweight 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 2010 Women's Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||9–2||Zoila 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 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 (shoulder choke)||Freestyle Cage Fighting 30||April 4, 2009||3||2:48||Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States||Won 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 
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- "Women's MMA Pound-For-Pound Rankings". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
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- "Undefeated Kickboxer Set for Strikeforce". Sherdog.com. 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
- "Thomson Takes Strikeforce Title in San Jose". Sherdog.com. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
- "Miesha Tate captures 135 pound title at Freestyle Cage Fighting". ProMMANow.com. 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
- "Despite opponent change, Miesha Tate comfortable with "win-win" situation". MMAjunkie.com. 2009-05-12. Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- "Aina Takes Evangelista by DQ; Kaufman Remains Undefeated at Strikeforce". Sherdog.com. 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
- "Strikeforce Challengers 7 Live Results". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-03-26.
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- "Miesha Tate On The Knee Injury That Knocked Her Out of Strikeforce Title Fight". MMAWeekly.com. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
- "MMAWeekly.com’s Strikeforce Fighter of the Night: Miesha Tate". MMAWeekly.com. 2011-07-31. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
- "Miesha Tate Faces Ronda Rousey at Strikeforce March 3". MMAWeekly.com. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
- "Ronda Rousey, Sarah Kaufman Win Big At Strikeforce In Ohio". MMARising.com. 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
- "Miesha Tate vs Julie Kedzie Set For August 18 Strikeforce Card". MMARising.com. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02.
- "Ronda Rousey Submits Sarah Kaufman, Retains Strikeforce Title". MMARising.com. 2012-08-18. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
- "Strikeforce Prelims: Miesha Tate Armbar Submits Julie Kedzie". Sherdog.com. 2012-08-18. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
- "Second UFC women's fight set: Miesha Tate meets Cat Zingano at TUF 17 Finale". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
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- "TUF 17 Finale bonuses: Zingano, Tate, Browne, Pineda earn $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
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