Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate retired after suffering a decision loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205.
However, a third fight with another former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion in Ronda Rousey could entice Tate to unretire.
“If I was going to come back, (Rousey) would be the fight that would appeal to me the most,” Tate told fans at a UFC Fight Night 107 fan Q&A. “But at the moment, I’m sorry – it’s just not what I see in my future.”
Tate and Rousey have fought twice before with Rousey winning both times via arm bar submission. While the former champion may not return to the Octagon anytime soon, the interactions with her fans will continue.
“I love that I’m able to do more of this and be able to connect more with the fans,” Tate said. “Obviously if I was fighting this weekend I wouldn’t be here doing this. So there’s pros and cons. I had a long career, especially for a female. I fought for 11 years, and now I’ve transitioned to other ways of enjoying the sport, so it’s not all bad.”
It was at UFC 196 where Tate won the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title, submitting then champion Holly Holm in the fifth round.