Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate, retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) in the wake of her uninspired loss to Raquel Pennington at the UFC 205 pay-per-view (PPV) event in late 2016.
While several ex-champions have transitioned from fighter to FOX Sports 1 analyst, like former middleweight kingpin Michael Bisping, Tate will instead follow Rich Franklin’s lead and join the ONE Championship team in Singapore.
Where she can better identify with her brand.
“I think the promotion has gone so far one way, that I don’t really identify with it anymore,” Tate told The MMA Hour. “We’ve gotten to a fan base that’s a lot more about what people can do and say outside of the Octagon, people flying outside of the cage and attacking people, or the trash talk from Conor McGregor or even Ronda (Rousey). I feel like it’s different than the way that I would choose to approach or be a part of the sport.”
Tate knows a thing or two about hostility and trash talking, thanks to her multi-year feud with retired ex-champion Ronda Rousey. That said, “Cupcake” did her fair share of mud slinging when approached about her “Rowdy” rival.
Like this, for example.
“I think that a lot of the more tried and true fans have actually been turned off by the way that MMA has been promoted, because for lack of a better term, it’s kind of a shit show. And it’s crazy. I wouldn’t have wanted to be in the audience if Khabib (Nurmagomedov) flew over [the cage],” Tate continued. “And I’m not trying to blame that on the UFC, I’m just saying that it’s escalated to that point, that people are talking such trash, that it’s getting under people’s skin — it’s getting under Khabib’s skin to the point where he’s not even really being himself, I feel like. So it’s kinda scary.”
Did someone say SHIT SHOW?!?
Tate, 32, will serve as Vice President for ONE Championship and will relocate to Singapore with her growing family. Joining her overseas will be former UFC champions Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson, who were also critical of the current MMA climate.
I guess that door swings both ways...