Tate in 2011.
|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)|
|Style||Wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-JitsuPurple belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Competitor for United States|
|FILA Grappling World Championships|
|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.
As of March 8, 2015, Tate was ranked as the No. 4 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com and the No. 2 135-pound female fighter according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings. As of February 26, 2015, 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 (MMA) 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. Throughout 2008 and 2009, Tate went on to record wins over Jamie Lyn Welsh in CageSport MMA, Jessica Bednark in Freestyle Cage Fighting (FCF), and Dora Baptiste in Atlas Fights.
- First MMA title
Tate captured the FCF Women's Bantamweight Championship by defeating Liz Carreiro at Freestyle Cage Fighting 30 on April 4, 2009. After being knocked down in the first round, Tate gained control of the fight in the second and submitted Carreiro in the third. She defended the title once, against Valerie Coolbaugh, at FCF 38 on January 10, 2010.
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.
Strikeforce Bantamweight Champion
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."
Final Strikeforce fights
Amidst a highly publicized rivalry, Tate lost her Strikeforce title to Ronda Rousey via armbar submission on March 3, 2012 in the main event of Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey. 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.
Bantamweight title shot
Prior to their rematch, Rousey expressed respect for Tate's fighting ability, and declared her appreciation for their rivalry. Tate remarked, "We have our definite disagreements, but I give her credit for what she's done and where she's got in the sport of women's MMA. Without her, I don't think we'd be as far so I do value that."
First UFC victories
Tate faced Sara McMann at UFC 183 on January 31, 2015. Tate surprised many in the MMA community by out-grappling McMann, an Olympic medalist in wrestling, for the majority of round 3, winning the fight by majority decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-28).
No. 1 contender fight vs. Jessica Eye
On March 20, 2015, it was announced that Tate would face Jessica Eye in a title eliminator bout on July 25, 2015 at UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2 to face the winner of a Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia championship bout.
Given the significance of the fight, Tate remarked that she expected "the best Jessica Eye that anyone has ever seen," and called Eye a tough opponent.
Eye drew numerous comparisons between herself and Tate. "I think that me and her are very similar in a lot of ways. I think that we've both been in the sport for a long time, I think that we both aspire to be bigger in this sport," she said. She also expressed confidence heading into the bout, stating, "I don't see any way that she can beat me—and not because she's not good, but because I'm just better."
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. During her win at UFC 183, Tate out-grappled Olympic wrestling medalist Sara McMann. 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
- 2013 WMMA Fight of the Year vs. Ronda Rousey on December 28 
- 2012 WMMA Fight of the Year vs. Julie Kedzie on August 18
- 2012 Rivalry of the Year vs. Ronda Rousey
- 2011 Submission of the Month vs. Marloes Coenen on July 30
- AwakeningFighters.com WMMA Awards
- 2013 Personality of the Year
- 2013 Fight of the Year vs. Ronda Rousey on December 28
- 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|
|21 matches||16 wins||5 losses|
|Jessica Eye||UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2||July 25, 2015||Chicago, Illinois, United States||UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship title eliminator|
|Win||16–5||Sara McMann||Decision (majority)||UFC 183||January 31, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|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; Women's Fight of the Year (2013).|
|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||Women's Fight of the Year (2012).|
|Loss||12–3||Ronda Rousey||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; Women's Submission of the Year (2011).|
|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; Women's Submission of the Year (2009).|
|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