Miesha Tate kicked off the UFC 205 main card with a bang, despite losing to Raquel Pennington, it’s the post-fight interview which left the New York crowd stunned.
Pennington controlled most of the fight on her way to a unanimous decision victory, but this fight was Tate’s last as she announced her retirement from mixed martial arts when speaking to Joe Rogan.
This makes it back-to-back defeats for ‘Cupcake’, who dethroned Holly Holm for the women’s bantamweight championship, before dropping it to current champion Amanda Nunes, and now the loss to ‘Rocky’ makes it seven career losses in total, with 18 victories.
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Speaking to Rogan after the fight, she revealed it was time to look to the future, saying: “I’m announcing my retirement you guys.
“I love you all so much. I have been doing this for more than a decade. It is the right time. It is because of the result. I have a lot more to give, and I couldn’t get it out of myself.
“It’s not my time right now; thank you so much for being here, I love this sport forever, but it’s not my time anymore. It's the future's time”
This was supposed to be a fight which would allow Tate to become a legitimate contender for the bantamweight title again.
Instead, it turned out to be the best performance by Pennington to date as she kept her composure throughout the three rounds.
Tate was vocal about completing a trilogy fight with the returning Ronda Rousey and was also focused on claiming back her champion.
Instead, the battle with Pennington proved to be her final one inside of the Octagon.
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