Miesha Tate

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Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate.jpeg
BornMiesha Theresa Tate
(1986-08-18) August 18, 1986 (age 28)
Tacoma, Washington, United States
Other namesCupcake, Takedown
NationalityUnited States American
Height1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Weight134 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
DivisionBantamweight
Reach64.5 in (164 cm)
StyleKickboxing, Wrestling
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofYakima, Washington
Mixed martial arts record
Total19
Wins14
By knockout3
By submission6
By decision5
Losses5
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision1
Websitehttp://takedowntate.ning.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate.jpeg
BornMiesha Theresa Tate
(1986-08-18) August 18, 1986 (age 28)
Tacoma, Washington, United States
Other namesCupcake, Takedown
NationalityUnited States American
Height1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Weight134 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
DivisionBantamweight
Reach64.5 in (164 cm)
StyleKickboxing, Wrestling
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofYakima, Washington
Mixed martial arts record
Total19
Wins14
By knockout3
By submission6
By decision5
Losses5
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision1
Websitehttp://takedowntate.ning.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Miesha Tate
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Women's Grappling
FILA Grappling World Championships
Silver2008 Lucerne-72 kg (No-Gi)

Miesha Theresa Tate (born August 18, 1986)[1] 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.[2]

Tate is currently ranked as the No. 11 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com[3] and the No. 6 135-pound female fighter according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.[4] As of April 11, 2014, she is #2 in official UFC women's bantamweight rankings.[5]

Early life[edit]

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.[2]

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.[6] She amassed a 5–1 amateur record in MMA before turning pro.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.

Strikeforce[edit]

On June 27, 2008, Tate faced Elaina Maxwell at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson.[7] Tate moved up in weight for the fight and defeated Maxwell by unanimous decision.[8] Tate won three more times and captured the FCF Women's Bantamweight Championship by defeating Liz Carreiro at Freestyle Cage Fighting on April 4, 2009.[9]

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.[10] In a competitive fight, Tate was defeated by unanimous decision, which marked the first time that Kaufman had gone to a decision.[11]

Tate faced Zoila Gurgel at Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe on March 26, 2010.[2] Tate won the fight by armbar submission in the second round.[12]

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.[13] A random drawing was held on the day of the weigh-ins to determine first-round matchups[14] and Tate faced Maiju Kujala in the opening round of the tournament.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17] 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."[18]

Amidst a highly publicized rivalry, Tate lost her Strikeforce title against Ronda Rousey on March 3, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In February 2013, Tate officially joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The UFC announced that she would face Cat Zingano on April 13 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.[22]

With regard to her long-term goals, Tate stated the following:

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.[24]

Despite winning the first two rounds, Tate lost in the final round by TKO. Tate argued that the stoppage was premature.[25] The back-and-forth action earned both women a Fight of the Night bonus.[26] 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.[27]

The rematch between Rousey and Tate took place at UFC 168 on December 28, 2013. After surviving the first two rounds, and escaping two submission attempts, Tate lost via armbar in the third round.[28]

Tate faced Liz Carmouche in the co-main event at UFC on Fox 11. She won fight via unanimous decision.[29]

Film and media appearances[edit]

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.[30]

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."[31]

Personal life[edit]

Tate is currently dating fellow UFC fighter Bryan Caraway.[31] She is a fan of the Seattle Seahawks.[32]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Submission grappling[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win14–5Liz CarmoucheDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. BrowneApril 19, 201435:00Orlando, Florida, United States
Loss13–5Ronda RouseySubmission (armbar)UFC 168December 28, 201330:58Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Loss13–4Cat ZinganoTKO (knees and elbow)The Ultimate Fighter 17 FinaleApril 13, 201332:55Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFight of the Night.
Win13–3Julie KedzieSubmission (armbar)Strikeforce: Rousey vs. KaufmanAugust 18, 201233:28San Diego, California United States
Loss12–3Ronda RouseyTechnical Submission (armbar)Strikeforce: Tate vs. RouseyMarch 3, 201214:27Columbus, Ohio, United StatesLost the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win12–2Marloes CoenenSubmission (arm-triangle choke)Strikeforce: Fedor vs. HendersonJuly 30, 201143:03Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United StatesWon the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win11–2Hitomi AkanoDecision (unanimous)Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. TaylorAugust 13, 201033:00Phoenix, Arizona, United StatesStrikeforce Women's Welterweight Tournament Final.
Win10–2Maiju KujalaDecision (unanimous)Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. TaylorAugust 13, 201023:00Phoenix, Arizona, United StatesStrikeforce Women's Welterweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win9–2Zoila Frausto GurgelSubmission (armbar)Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. MaheMarch 26, 201024:09Fresno, California, United States
Win8–2Valerie CoolbaughSubmission (armbar)Freestyle Cage Fighting 38January 16, 201014:45Tulsa, Oklahoma, United StatesDefended the FCF Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win7–2Sarah OrizaKO (head kick)CageSport MMAOctober 3, 200920:08Tacoma, Washington, United States
Loss6–2Sarah KaufmanDecision (unanimous)Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. AinaMay 15, 200933:00Fresno, California, United States
Win6–1Lizbeth CarreiroSubmission (von flue choke)Freestyle Cage Fighting 30April 4, 200932:48Shawnee, Oklahoma, United StatesWon the FCF Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win5–1Dora BaptisteSubmission (triangle choke)Atlas Fights: USA vs. BrazilFebruary 21, 200911:48Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win4–1Jessica BednarkTKO (punches)Freestyle Cage Fighting 27January 31, 200911:22Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Win3–1Jamie Lynn WelshTKO (punches)CageSport MMANovember 29, 200812:21Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win2–1Elaina MaxwellDecision (unanimous)Strikeforce: Melendez vs. ThomsonJune 27, 200833:00San Jose, California, United States
Loss1–1Kaitlin YoungKO (head kick)HOOKnSHOOT: BodogFIGHT 2007 Women's TournamentNovember 24, 200710:30Evansville, Indiana, United StatesBodogFIGHT 2007 Women's Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win1–0Jan FinneyDecision (referee decision)HOOKnSHOOT: BodogFIGHT 2007 Women's TournamentNovember 24, 200743:00Evansville, Indiana, United StatesBodogFIGHT 2007 Women's Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ State Of Nevada Department of Business and Industry Athletic Commission (13 April 2013). "Mixed Martial Arts Show Results "TUF Finale"" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  2. ^ a b c "MMA Quick Hits – Miesha Tate Interview". SportingNews.com. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Women's MMA Pound-For-Pound Rankings". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  5. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  6. ^ "Exclusive Interview With Miesha Tate". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  7. ^ "Undefeated Kickboxer Set for Strikeforce". Sherdog.com. 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  8. ^ "Thomson Takes Strikeforce Title in San Jose". Sherdog.com. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
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  17. ^ "Miesha Tate On The Knee Injury That Knocked Her Out of Strikeforce Title Fight". MMAWeekly.com. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
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  20. ^ "Ronda Rousey, Sarah Kaufman Win Big At Strikeforce In Ohio". MMARising.com. 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
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  22. ^ "Second UFC women's fight set: Miesha Tate meets Cat Zingano at TUF 17 Finale". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  23. ^ "For Miesha Tate, UFC win, Ronda Rousey rematch just the beginning". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  24. ^ Keith Grienke (2013-03-16). "Rousey to Coach TUF 18; Men/Women Bantamweights to Compete". TopMMANews.com. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
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  26. ^ "TUF 17 Finale bonuses: Zingano, Tate, Browne, Pineda earn $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  27. ^ A.J. Perez (2013-05-29). "Miesha Tate savors shot at UFC champ Ronda Rousey". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  28. ^ "Ronda Rousey submits Miesha Tate by 3rd-round armbar". USA Today. 2013-12-29. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
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  30. ^ Fight Life: MMA Documentary
  31. ^ a b "Miesha Tate – Fitness Gurls Cover Model". Fox Sports. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  32. ^ Holland, Jesse. "Pic: Miesha Tate And Her Dad Cheering For Seahawks". MMAMania.com (SB Nation)). Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
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Preceded by
Marloes Coenen
3rd Women's Bantamweight Champion
July 30, 2011 – March 3, 2012
Succeeded by
Ronda Rousey