Immediately after her UFC 205 bout, Miesha Tate announced her retirement and caught people by surprise. After all, she was still UFC champion just roughly 4 months before hanging up the gloves.
Tate spoke to the media on Friday, and said the retirement wasn’t planned at all before the fight. She just knew from the very first exchange with Raquel Pennington that she “didn’t want to do it anymore”, and didn’t feel the desire and competitive edge needed. So Tate toughed it out then decided to hang up the gloves after the 15 minute bout.
The former UFC and Strikeforce champion is currently in Melbourne helping promote this weekend’s event, and she says she’s very happy with that decision.
“I prefer the term ‘transitioned’,” Tate said when asked about her retirement. “I’ve just transitioned to more of promoting events, and I still want to be involved. Actually, you may see more of me now.
“It’s been good so far. Life is good,” she said. “I’m really happy right now. I’m enjoying life and seeing the world.
“Absolutely (we’ve had some discussions), it looks like something will come to fruition with Fox at some point,” Tate said. “So I’ll just kind of see how that all unfolds. I think there’s a lot of things to look forward to, but I’ve got to just sit down with my management to really see exactly what’s next.”
Apart from a probable broadcasting job with Fox, the 30-year-old also says that she will be joining grappling competitions from time to time.