The former UFC Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is all ready to once again step inside the Octagon after five years of announcing her retirement. Tate is booked to face Marion Reneau at the July 17th event.
Miesha Tate also fought against Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 and announced her retirement. After that, she joined the one championship as the vice president of the promotion.
Talking about her comeback in her latest interview with SiriusXMshow, Tate says, “I’m so excited, I really am. There is a fire that has been lit, My heart is completely full of passion. I feel like I’m totally reinvigorated. When you know, you know, and I just know.”
“I’ve always been that person to lead with my heart and do what I feel like my calling is in life and it’s never steered me wrong. I’ve been a person that can change direction very quickly and not be afraid to do it. I dive right in if I feel like it’s right and that’s what I’m here to do.”
“The sport, it’s been calling for me. Like, let’s not like about that. I feel like it’s been calling me and now it’s time to answer.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Miesha Tate found the motivation to once again step inside the Octagon and when UFC offered her Reneau she knew this was the time.
She added, “It was what the UFC said was available and I thought, ‘That’s fine with me, It’s been four years since I’ve fought. I think that Marion Reneau, she’s solid in every area. She has that triangle choke of Sara McMann.”
“She’s dangerous from the bottom, she can strike well and it’s her retirement fight. So I guess when they asked her about it, she was very excited…”
Miesha Tate is looking to get a crack at Amanda Nunes also
The former champion is still only 34 years old and says she’s coming back with her eyes on the belt, especially if that means she can get a crack at the woman who took the belt from her.
Tate added, “I’ve got six fights on the contract, I’ve got two years that I know for sure I want to dedicate to this sport, But look, anything can happen off of one fight. I’ll be honest, I really don’t know exactly what to expect. That’s what’s so exciting for me…”
“But I can tell you, for the next two years, that’s my plan, to be heavily involved in the sport. Obviously, I want to become a champion again…”
“I’d love to run that one back. I would love to fight Amanda Nunes again because I know I have the style to beat her. I’m not at all gonna take anything away from her. She’s a scary woman and she hits like a man.”
“I know that. I’ve been in there with her and I’ve seen what she’s done since then. But I know I have the style to beat her.”