From the second the battle was introduced, Reneau (9-7-1 MMA, 5-6-1 UFC) made it clear this may be her swan track. At 44, she’s presently the oldest energetic member of the UFC roster, and she or he mentioned she’s had her fill of fights.
Though combating Tate (18-7 MMA, 5-4 UFC), a former UFC and Strikeforce champion who’s popping out of retirement, is without doubt one of the greatest fights of Reneau’s profession, she’s greater than content material with it being the final.
“I’m good – I’m good,” Reneau advised MMA Junkie of her retirement determination at Wednesday’s UFC on ESPN 26 media day. “I’m wanting ahead to not stepping on the dimensions once more. I’m wanting ahead to consuming no matter I would like. I’m wanting ahead to being much less obsessive with the sport. I threw my complete self into combined martial arts 15 years in the past once I began, and I didn’t cease. I didn’t cease for a reunion, I didn’t cease for a dying within the household, not for a celebration. Nothing. I obsessed. I feel it’ll be rewarding to be much less obsessive.”
Reneau mentioned she’s recognized for a while that this may be her exit level from the game. She signed a four-fight UFC contract in early 2019 and all the time had it behind her thoughts that may be her closing deal.
“I’m going to look phenomenal,” Reneau mentioned. “Again once I signed my four-fight contract I knew I’d be 43, 44 years outdated. Everybody requested me, ‘When are you going to retire?’ I knew that’s once I was going to retire.”
Reneau mentioned she’s attempting to absorb every passing second of battle week as a result of she’s not going to expertise it once more. She’s embracing the little issues greater than common.
“The whole lot’s taking place so quick. The whole lot’s coming full power,” Reneau mentioned. “I’m taking it in like, ‘Let me take pleasure in every second. Actually take into consideration each query. Reply wholeheartedly.’”
In the end, Reneau mentioned the precedence is to get her hand raised, which isn’t one thing she’s felt throughout a four-fight dropping skid. It’s her mission to ensure she not solely goes out on a win, however an emphatic one.
“You’ve gotten one coming in (from retirement), you have got one going out,” Reneau mentioned. “I feel the way in which they did, it (was nice). … I need to make an exclamation level on ending my journey. Not a interval. An exclamation level.”
Watch the complete media day interview with Reneau above.