In the biggest moment of her professional career, Miesha Tate fell fall short of what goals she set for herself.
“Cupcake” was set to defend her newly earned UFC women’s bantamweight title against Amanda Nunes just three months removed from a big upset win over Holly Holm at UFC 196. But as she was under the greatest spotlight she, or most other fighters, had ever seen in the headlining slot at UFC 200, Tate collapsed.
“It was a s—-y performance,” Tate said on The MMA Hour. “I’ll be brutally honest with myself, it was terrible. Worst performance of my career, but I can’t leave that looming over my head. What gives me satisfaction is I know that I’m better than that. I know that was a one-time thing, that I’m never going to let that happen again. It sucks, I’m not happy about it, but there’s only thing that I can do — get back on the horse and give it another go.”
Most analysts believed Tate would have a great chance of winning the fight if she managed to survive the opening round. But Nunes, a notorious fast starter with a small gas tank, clipped Tate early and submitted her with a rear-naked choke in Round 1.
“It was a terrible night to have an off-night, but it happens, and I’m only human,” Tate said. “I’m not perfect, so I went out there and made some mistakes and got caught early, and it is what it is. One loss and one win, neither one defines me.”
Tate, ranked No. 1 in the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division, returns to face Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 Nov. 12.