Miesha Tate Shocks Fans By Announcing Retirement

Miesha Tate

Miesha Tate shocked UFC fans on Saturday night (Nov. 12), when she announced her retirement.

Bantamweight contender Raquel Pennington (9-5) cruised to a decision win over the former champ at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden, prompting Tate's decision.

When asked why she was retiring, Tate said, "Because of the result. I just had a lot more to give and I couldn't pull it out of myself. It's been a long time; I've taken a lot of punishment.

"I love this sport forever, but it's not my time any more. It's the future's time," she added. "I love you guys, but this is it for me."

During her fight against Pennington, Tate was outboxed, while also being controlled both on the ground and against the cage.

Tate enjoyed the biggest win of her career in March, when she submitted Holly Holm at UFC 196 to become the UFC Women's Bantamweight champion. But, she followed just a few months later with a disappointing, first-round submission loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in July.

Tate retires as one of the most popular female fighters ever. She fought former UFC champ Ronda Rousey twice (in 2012 and '13) and lost both times via armbar.