And to think Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White wanted "Cupcake" to retire (seriously).
Reigning women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, 29, will be sticking around for the foreseeable future after putting pen to paper on a new ZUFFA contract, even though her existing deal with the world's preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion had not yet run its course.
I guess White was right about "saving her career" (just look at her now).
Congrats to @MieshaTate on signing her new @UFC contract! #TeamKHI #TeamTate #Champ pic.twitter.com/ctMMHr6jp5— KHI Management (@KHIManagement) April 5, 2016
Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.
Tate (18-5), who also held gold under the Strikeforce banner, has now won five straight inside the Octagon, including last month's submission win over Holly Holm to capture the crown. A championship fight against longtime nemesis Ronda Rousey, her third, is expected later this year.
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