Our Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW) this week goes to Miesha”Cupcake” Tate(14-5). I mean come on, she is a beauty and a beast in the cage after all. This bantamweight manages to balance herself as a role model for women’s Mixed Marital Arts, and as a beautiful and strong women in general.
Miesha Tate’s love for the sport began early with wrestling, where she was on an all boys wrestling team in highschool. She was a 5-1 amature before going pro. Her pro career includes fights in Strikeforce and UFC. Tate has an upcoming fight in the UFC vs Rin Nakai on September 20, 2014. Se Her most recent victory was an all out war against Liz Carmouche where she won via unanimous decision.
She was one of the first women to coach a season of The Ultimate Fighter and also the first to receive fight of the night award. Tate is always positive and upbeat and wanting to be a positive role model. In the past, she’s said, ” I want to influence people to do good things.” She’s also involved in community activities including the 5K charity run the UFC put on and the new campaign “protect Yourself’ for HIV/AIDS awareness at which she stated, ” I wanted to be involved with this HIV campaign because no other sport reaches these demographics like the UFC. I feel like young people might listen to UFC fighters like ourselves, and I think it would be an injustice to be in a position to be a role model for young, up-and-coming people and not do something with it.”
During the filming of TUF she showcased her abilities to be silly and not take herself too seriously, as well as her skills as a coach for her team. Both her fighters went on to win the TUF finale. And even with her lose against her long time nemesis Ronda Rousey, she has been able to show class, dignity and grace.
Her sweet demeanor outside the cage mixed with her ability to demolish her opponents inside makes her our Woman Crush this Wednesday.
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