Miesha Tate is trying to change things by moving to fly weight

When Miesha Tate returned to the octagon after five years of absence, she wanted to prove that she still had to be an elite fighter.

In the end, he will have master aspirations, but Tate will not rush into it. Now the 35-year-old UFC and Strikeforce bantamweight champion is trying to test herself differently.

MMA Fighting reports that Tate will make a flyweight debut against former candidate Lauren Murphy. The match was originally scheduled for UFC 273 on April 9, and is now scheduled for the UFC card on May 14, according to Mike Heck .

Tate debuted at the MMA in 2007. The silver medalist from the FILA Grappling World World Championship in 2008 “Cupcake” had a successful stint at Strikeforce before joining the UFC in 2013.

She defeated Holly Holm and won the UFC Bantam title in March 2016 at UFC 196, but lost to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 that July. Tate left after losing to Raquel Pennington in November 2016.

During her retirement, Tate joined the ONE Championship behind the scenes. During this time, she also gave birth to two children.

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Tate defeated Marion Reneau in her retaliatory battle in July 2021, but lost to Ketlen Vieira in her last match in November.

Tate recently discussed her next steps on her YouTube channel, including a potential move from 135 to 125. One of the factors was that Julianna Pena defeated Nunes at UFC 269 and became the UFC bantamweight champion. Another factor is that Tate may have the advantage of height and reach in fly weight, which she never had in bantam weight.

“So I’m currently stuck in a very tough debate with myself about whether to stay at 135 pounds or switch to 125,” Tate told Bloody Elbow. “Several thought processes on this topic.” I’ve made 135 pounds all my career, minus a few fights at 145 just for lack of competition. I always assumed that [135] was my weight category because there was never an opportunity for 125 pounds. Now that I’m sitting in the second part of my career, I’m thinking, ‘Hmm, should I go down?’

“Things that interfere for me, Julianna has just become a 135-pound champion. I’m really looking forward to it, but we’ve been good friends for a long time. We grew up together in sports and if I can be completely honest, I don’t want to fight her. I’d rather we were both champions. “

Murphy, third in the UFC flyweight rankings, made her professional weight debut in 2010. Former bantamweight champion Invicta FC Murphy joined the UFC in 2014 as a bantamweight and became a fly in 2017.

She was on a series of five victories against stars such as Joanne Calderwood and Roxanne Modafferi, which earned her a chance to win the UFC flyweight at UFC 266 in September. There she lost through TKO in the fourth round against champion Valentina Shevchenko.

Since winning the title at UFC 231 in 2018, Shevchenko has defended it six times.


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