Miesha Tate recently retired, there have been some changes to the UFC women’s divisions since she left. On Saturday Holly Holm fights Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight championship. Just eleven months ago, Tate beat Holm for the women’s bantamweight championship at UFC 196 on March 5, 2016.
If Holm wins and Tate returns, it would give her a shot at being a two-belt UFC champion. However, during a recent conversation with MMA Junkie Radio on SiriusXM Rush, Tate said she is happily retired and has no intention to return.
“I’m really happy in the retirement, honestly. I’ve just been really enjoying myself and figuring out a little bit more about who I am beyond Miesha the fighter. It’s been a very interesting process, so I’m really enjoying that. I don’t have any plans to come back, or even any desire to.
“So unless that drastically changes, I don’t see myself going back in there. It’s an all-or-none sport. It’s got to be 110 percent, or not at all for me. So unless something makes me want to get back in there like a crazy person, I won’t be.”
Tate was asked if she interested in a return at 125, when the UFC adds a women’s flyweight division.
“Well, no,” she said. “Because I don’t want to cut that much weight and I don’t want to diet that much anymore. I honestly would be more inclined to come back at 145 even though I’d be really small for that division, but I’m just over the whole weight cutting thing. I don’t enjoy it and yeah, I used to be smaller and then because I got older I really filled out and got more muscle and all that stuff…
“I just don’t want to cut weight anymore. At all. I just want to be myself. Even if I’m only five pounds over, I don’t really care at 145. I used to be small for 135, I wouldn’t mind being small for 145 if that was ever gonna come to fruition.”
She said “nothing’s impossible,” but some things are, and at this point, there are no indications Tate will return.