Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate retired after a decision loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205.
Even though the UFC is opening a women’s flyweight division, don’t expect the retired Tate to return for flyweight gold.
“There’s no weight class or amount of money that’s going to make me want to come back to the sport,” Tate told MMA Junkie. “The only thing that would make me want to compete again is my heart, and that’s all I ever listen to.”
Tate has kept herself busy since her retirement, even competing in the Submission Underground promotion.
One major reason that Tate doesn’t want to return either is do to the weight cuts.
“I’m not interested in making that cut, honestly,” Tate said. “I’d rather fight at 145 (pounds) than 125 at this point. I’m tired of cutting weight. I cut weight wrestling, and I cut weight fighting, and it’s so overrated. It’s just exhausting. So I’d rather not cut any weight and fight at 145 than go all the way down to 125. So no, 125 doesn’t interest me.”
MMA fans can still see Tate, just not competing inside the Octagon, as she makes appearances around the globe as an UFC ambassador.