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I know your looking at this article saying to yourself, Miesha not retiring from MMA, well hate to say it but Miesha is returning from the sport.
Tate announced her decision following a unanimous decision defeat to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night.
"I'm announcing my retirement tonight; it's my time," Tate said. “I’ll love this sport forever, but it isn’t my time anymore.”
Tate, who was just two matches removed from winning the 135-pound gold belt , struggled against Pennington, whom she coached on Season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Pennington nearly finished “Cupcake” with a modified standing guillotine choke in the opening stanza, held her own in grappling exchanges and landed her jab consistently throughout the matchup.
Tate admitted that the result of the fight influenced her decision.
“This was a huge fight for me — the biggest fight of my career. She’s a huge name in the sport and a former champion,” Pennington said. “During ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ we developed a friendship, but business is business. I had to go out there and take care of business tonight.”
The 30-year-old Washington native exits the sport with an 18-7 career mark. Her 2012 showdown with Ronda Rousey in Strikeforce helped bring a lot of attention to women’s MMA, and Tate remained one of the sport’s most popular fighters once she transitioned to the UFC.
Tate resumed her rivalry with Rousey in the Octagon but fell to Rousey for a second time at UFC 168. The Xtreme Couture representative then went on a five-fight winning streak, which culminated in a fifth-round submission of Holly Holm at UFC 196 to capture the bantamweight title. Tate lost the belt in her next outing, falling to Amanda Nunes via first-round submission at UFC 200.
Over the course of her career, Tate earned victories over the likes of Holm, Jessica Eye, Sara McMann, Liz Carmouche, Julie Kedzie, Marloes Coenen and Hitomi Akano, to name a few.
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UFC announced on Friday that Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend the strawweight belt against Karolina Kowalkiewicz
in UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden on November 12.
Jedrzejczyk and Kowalkiewicz squared off in an amateur fight back in 2012, with the reigning 115-pound earning a first-round submission triumph. Jedrzejczyk is 12-0 as a professional, including title defenses against Jessica Penne, Valerie Letourneau and Claudia Gadelha.
Kowalkiewicz is 10-0 as a pro and 3-0 in the Octagon. After a split-decision triumph against Rose Namajunas in her most recent match at UFC 201, the 30-year-old Top Team Lodz representative called for a future showdown with her rival in the Empire State.
“I hope I will fight with Joanna in New York. She always says that I’m not on her level,” Kowalkiewicz said after UFC 201. “I hope now I showed everybody that I can fight with her. I am ready; I hope she’s ready.”
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According to UFC President Dana White, former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will not fight at UFC 205.
UFC 205 is scheduled for Nov. 12 at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
"She's definitely not fighting in New York," White said on the "UFC Unfiltered" podcast. "I'm actually going to start building the New York card this week."
New York will hold its first mixed martial arts event since a 20-year ban was lifted, allowing legalized fights to take place in the state.
Rousey, 29, has not fought since losing her bantanweight tittle to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November. It was Rousey's first loss in her career and since then the title has changed hands two more times.
Amanda Nunes is the current title holder after beating Miesha Tate at UFC 200.
White says there still is a chance that Rousey makes a return appearance in the Octagon before the year is done. UFC 206 will take place on Dec. 10 in Toronto and UFC 207 is set for Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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