LAS VEGAS – Miesha Tate has returned.
The former UFC and Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion made a successful comeback to MMA, scoring a third round TKO victory over veteran Marion Reneau (9-8-1 MMA, 5-7-1 UFC) in Saturday’s co-main event. UFC on ESPN 26.
Tate (19-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) hadn’t competed in five years, when she left the sport in 2016. But as one of the bigger names in women’s MMA, the 34-year-old has collected attract attention. of many with her win back. Former champion Holly Holm has arrived Instagram to call for a rematch with “Cupcake”.
Tate, who defeated Holm to become champion in March 2016, wants to run things back to Holm but also wants to keep her options open.
“It’s all fair fight, it’s all achievable, respectfully,” Tate told reporters at UFC’s 26th post-match press conference on ESPN. “I expect them to come out of the furniture. I think a second fight with Holly, it would be great.
“There are a lot of women in the department, so name them all. I don’t know where I’ll be in the rankings right now, but you know, I’ve never been the one to say I deserve this or that. I understood I had to keep climbing. But whoever is on that list to make it to the top is fine with me. And I’m sure that me and Holly, I have no doubt about it, me and her will fight again.”
Tate looked very impressive in his comeback. She is confident that the best is yet to come in her career, as she feels the MMA world has not yet seen her full potential.
“This is why I can’t retire, I feel like I have a lot more to offer and really have a better version of myself,” explains Tate. “I didn’t want to leave because I thought I didn’t give my best.”
Until the day of her return, Tate looks set to fight again in 2021. She’s not sure who’s the next logical thing, but she wants her next opponent to be someone advancing to the championship. UFC, which Amanda Nunes currently holds.
“I want to let this win settle, I don’t want to rush it, but of course I’m a woman on duty,” Tate said. “I want to get to the top. I think a war at the end of the year is reasonable. I’m going home to kiss my kids, enjoy this hard win, and in the next few weeks my management and my team will regroup and we’ll talk to Mick, Sean, Dana and them I’ I’ll take something in line. “