Miesha Tate: “I’m Here And I’m Back”
After over four years away, the former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate announced her return to action in the most emphatic fashion at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
With a new mindset, a body completely revamped from what we last saw, Tate promised plenty on her return, many will now be in agreement.
Marion Reneau was finished for the first time in her career, as Tate recorded a hugely impressive third-round TKO. Reneau will bid farewell as Tate says hello again and looks like a reborn fighter in her second coming.
The smile, which has been a permanent fixture right through the build-up to her return, says everything. Tate left the sport in 2016, she needed a clean break, more so from the debilitating and suffocating personal woes, she was dealing with.
But Tate, is happy to be back. The former champion says this time it will be different, in many ways, it will be.
Tate (19-7) has talked about a two-year plan and dreams of becoming a champion again. At 34, it’s not too late, and the comeback certainly has the feel of unfinished business. Refreshed, happy in both mind and body, version 2.0 could pose significant problems for the rest of her division.
Holly Holm who lost her UFC title at the hands of Tate in 2016, has already expressed interest in renewing acquaintances. Tate seems happy to oblige her.
But how far the MMA journey takes her, and that might be a long way, seeing Tate so happy with her life at the moment, is probably the bigger story. The person who was so physically and emotionally drained in 2016 is now long gone, and that fact should be celebrated even more than the victory on Saturday night.
Tate achieved many things in her first run, despite everything going on in her private life. Tate is now free, happy and motivated, don’t rule out another night like the one we saw at UFC 196.
After enjoying her moment, Tate will then look for what’s next. The win over Reneau will see her back in the UFC rankings.
“I want to let this victory settle, I don’t want to be in a rush, but of course I’m a woman on a mission,” Tate said post-fight. The mission is wearing UFC Gold once again, and even with Amanda Nunes and others in her way, that quest could very well come true.
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