Once Miesha Tate got word she would no longer be offered the promised title shot against Ronda Rousey, the first-ranked contender considered retiring from the sport. As she saw it, if a four-fight winning streak couldn’t put her back in the title picture, what was the point of even competing anymore?
Only the former Strikeforce titleholder was passed up because she’s already suffered two one-sided defeats at the hands of Rousey, leaving Holm as one of the few female bantamweights in the UFC that’s yet to face off against the champion. That’s how UFC President Dana White explained it, anyway.
As White sees it, if Tate is even thinking about retiring, she should probably go ahead and do so.
“I want somebody that wants it. You know, Miesha Tate is talking about retiring right now. In this sport, when you start thinking about retiring, you should retire. Miesha probably should retire if that’s what Miesha’s thinking right now. [It’s] probably a good idea. But I want girls that, you know — these women think they want that title, but they have no idea what it takes to really have that title and what it means to be a champion and how hard it is to carry it.”
Tate last competed at UFC on FOX 16, defeating Jessica Eye via unanimous decision. She’s 4-0 since falling short in her latest effort to defeat Rousey at UFC 168 in December 2013. Though she was dominated for the better part of the 11 minutes of their rematch, Tate is the only fighter to make it out of the first round against the champion. She’s also just the third fighter to make it past the one-minute mark against the undefeated titleholder.