Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate retired after a unanimous decision loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205.
Tate has been out of the Octagon for almost two years now, but don’t plan on seeing her step back into one anytime soon.
“I’m open ended in every part of my life,” Tate said on MMA Tonight. “There’s never a time where I really think that a door is 100% closed because there was a time where if somebody would have asked me if I want kids, I would have said ‘I don’t think so. I don’t think I want kids.’ Different times of your life evoke different emotions and if the passion returns and the stars aligned, sure there’s a chance [I’d come back], but when I think about it now, I don’t feel like I’m missing something. [I have something else now], and she’s obviously my number one priority and my number one objective.”
A now retired Tate recently became a mother, as her daughter was born just a few weeks back.
If there is something that fans could blame for Tate not getting back into the Octagon, it would be her heart.
“With everything being considered, I don’t think [coming back] is the route that I’m gonna go,” Tate said. “But life is crazy. I didn’t think that I would be with such a wonderful man now, and a mother, and I didn’t know I was going to retire when I retired. I very much live by the way my heart tells me to go and when I retired I knew that my heart was telling me this was no longer an option for me.”
Outside of holding the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title, a retired Tate is also a former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion.