Women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate has called it a career.
The former champion and No. 1 ranked contender in the bantamweight division, Tate announced her retirement following a unanimous decision loss to No. 8 ranked Raquel Pennington in the opening bout on the main card of UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York City Saturday night.
“I’m announcing my retirement you guys,” Tate said. “I love y’all so much. I’ve been doing this for over a decade. Thank you so much for being here. I love this sport forever, but it’s not my time anymore. It’s the future’s time.”
Tate won the UFC women’s bantamweight championship with a submission victory over Holly Holm on back in March, but after five straight wins, she dropped the belt to Brazil’s Amanda Nunes in her first title defense.
Then, after the loss to Pennington, Tate decided it was time to step away gracefully.
“It’s because of the result,” Tate said. “I had a lot more to give, but I couldn’t pull it out of myself. It’s been a long time taking a lot of punishment. I still love this sport. I love you guys so much. Thank you, but this is it for me.”
According FightMetric, Pennington outpointed Tate, 111 to 48, in total strikes and 43 to 21 in significant strikes. Both fighters were even with one takedown each, but Pennington was one for one while Tate was one for five in attempts. Also, Pennington had three submission attempts.
While Tate was the more active fighter in the first round, Pennington proved to be the more accurate, landing 14 of her 27 strikes against the 12-for-34 total her opponent landed. Despite Tate getting a takedown, Pennington countered with two submission attempts.
Then, in the second round, Pennington more than doubled the amount of strikes that Tate connected on, 55 to 26, and 24 of those were considered significant. Also, she defended Tate’s lone takedown attempt of the round.
Pennington wrapped up the victory by landing 42 of her 55 strikes, securing a takedown and attempting a submission in the third and final round of the fight.
“I want to say congratulations to Raquel,” Tate said. “I’m incredibly proud of her. She’s a member of my team, and I’m excited to see her do so well.”