Tacoma native and UFC star Miesha Tate, who may be Ronda Rousey's next challenger, joined Seattle Times readers in a live chat Wednesday. Here's the full transcript.
Welcome to our live reader chat with mixed martial arts fighter Miesha Tate, who grew up in Tacoma and has become a star in the UFC. The chat ran from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, and is now closed to questions, but you can read a full transcript in the chat window above.
It barely took any longer than Ronda Rousey’s 34-second knockout of Bethe Correia a week ago for the world of mixed martial arts to look toward Rousey’s next challenger — anticipated, at this time, to be Tacoma native and UFC star Miesha Tate.
Tate has faced Rousey twice before and lost both bouts to the reigning women’s bantamweight champion. Could the third time be the charm for the 28-year-old Franklin Pierce High School alumna?
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Tate, whose 29th birthday is next week, began her athletic career as a wrestler at Franklin Pierce then at Central Washington University, where she got her start in MMA fighting. It was during college that she broke out in the amateur circuit then joined the professional ranks in 2007, earning her first championship in 2009 when she captured the Freestyle Cage Fighting bantamweight title by defeating Liz Carreiro.
Since then, Tate has become a star in MMA — and a central figure in the growth of women in the sport. In 2010, she won the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight championship, but lost the title in March 2012 when Rousey defeated her for the first time.
After Strikeforce folded, Tate joined the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) in 2013, where she has a 4-2 record including wins in her four most recent bouts. In December 2013, she had another shot at the bantamweight title when she faced Rousey in UFC 168, but was defeated in the largely one-sided fight.
Tate’s most recent victory came July 25 against Jessica Eye, whom she beat by unanimous decision in three rounds.