Miesha
Tate
17-5-0( W-L-D )
Current Rank: #1 Women Bantamweight
Fight Night Bonuses: 2 Fight of the Night

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 14 fights.
Record: 17-5-0
Summary: Submission wrestling

Fighter Info

Nickname: Cupcake
From: Tacoma, Washington USA
Fights Out Of: Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Age: 29
Height: 5' 6" ( 167 cm )
Weight: 135 lb ( 61 kg )
College: Central Washington University

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
447
47% Successful
210
Types of Successful Strikes
0
210
56% Standing
20%
24%
117
43
50
Striking Defense
51
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
25
28% Successful
7
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
9
15
2
Takedown Defense
54
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay Awards
Win
Miesha Tate
Jul 25, 2015
58
56
1
0
2
0
3
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Miesha Tate
Jan 31, 2015
23
34
0
1
2
0
4
4
R3 Decision - Majority
Win
Miesha Tate
Sep 20, 2014
55
16
1
3
0
0
0
2
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Miesha Tate
Apr 19, 2014
27
18
1
5
2
0
3
1
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Miesha Tate
Dec 28, 2013
40
24
6
1
3
0
3
0
R3 Submission
Fight of the Night
Loss
Miesha Tate
Apr 13, 2013
23
35
3
1
3
1
5
4
R3 KO/TKO
Fight of the Night
Win
Miesha Tate
Aug 18, 2012
17
52
2
0
5
0
1
0
R3 Submission
Miesha Tate
Strikeforce - Tate vs. Rousey
Mar 3, 2012
8
8
1
3
0
2
2
4
R1 Submission
Marloes Coenen
Miesha Tate
Strikeforce - Fedor vs. Henderson
Jul 30, 2011
24
5
0
4
2
1
1
2
R4 Submission
Miesha Tate
Hitomi Akano
Strikeforce Challengers 10
Aug 13, 2010
10
6
2
0
0
1
3
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Miesha Tate
Maiju Kujala
Strikeforce Challengers 10
Aug 13, 2010
33
15
2
0
0
0
2
0
R2 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Zoila Frausto
Miesha Tate
Strikeforce Challengers 7
Mar 26, 2010
7
15
0
3
0
4
0
6
R2 Submission
Loss
Miesha Tate
Strikeforce Challengers 1
May 15, 2009
90
26
0
2
0
0
0
2
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Miesha Tate
Elaina Maxwell
Strikeforce - Melendez vs. Thomson
Jun 27, 2008
6
9
2
0
1
0
4
1
R3 Decision - Unanimous

Biography

Few fighters in the UFC can match Miesha Tate when it comes to skills inside the Octagon, popularity among fans and an ability to create and sustain her own brand.

Tate has been ranked among the top female bantamweights in mixed martial arts for several years, and she can make a case that she’s the second-best fighter in her division. She has lost twice to bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey but has otherwise been unstoppable, scoring victories over Jessica Eye, Sara McMann and Liz Carmouche since April 2014.

Tate, a former bantamweight champion in Strikeforce and Freestyle Cage Fighting, joined the UFC in 2013. Her first bout with the organization was The Ultimate Fighter 17 finale against Cat Zingano, with the winner promised a fight against Rousey for the UFC women’s belt.

Tate controlled most of the first two rounds before a series of knees by Zingano put her down and ended the fight in the third via TKO. Despite losing, however, Tate still got a title shot when Zingano suffered a knee injury that required surgery.

Tate had fought Rousey once before, losing her Strikeforce title in March 2012 when Rousey successfully applied an armbar with 33 seconds left in the first round.

In their second meeting, Tate pushed Rousey to the third round – no other fighter has extended Rousey that far – before losing again via armbar.

Tate, who embraces her “Cupcake” nickname, is a wrestling specialist who won the girls’ state championship while attending Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, Washington. She has developed into a well-rounded mixed martial artist and proved her ability to win in the stand-up game with her unanimous-decision win over Eye at UFC Fight Night Chicago in July 2015. It marked her fourth consecutive win since losing to Rousey.

Tate has developed a sizable fan following, largely due to her fighting style and a strong social media presence. She has more than 380,000 Twitter followers and 473,000 Instagram followers. She has also appeared in ESPN The Magazine’s body issue.
 
 
TRAINING: In the morning I train either striking, conditioning or do technical game plan review. In the evening, it’s either live MMA rounds or strength & conditioning
 
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training fighting when I was 19 because I had wrestled in high school and was looking to take my ambition to the next level. What better way to do that than to get in the cage and fight your heart out?!

What ranks and titles have you held?
Former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Women's 135lb Strikeforce Tournament Champion, 2x Freestyle Cage Fighting 135lb champion, 2009 World Team Trials Silver Medalist, 2009 Freestyle Cage Fighting Super Fight Champ, 2008 Fila Worlds Grappling Championships Silver Medalist, 2008 World Team Trials National Grappling Champion, 2005 women's high school Washington state wrestling champ. The Ultimate Fighter season 18 coach. Purple belt in BJJ.

Do you have any heroes? None

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? For me it means I'm one of the best in the world and I'm thankful for the opportunity that the UFC gives to the talented women in MMA

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn?
I attended Central Washington University, no degree

What was your job before you started fighting?
I was working at Costco

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 5-1 as an amateur
• Pro since 2007

• Six wins by submission (triangle, Von Flue, 3 armbar, arm triangle), three by knockout

• Has fought twice in one night twice in her career, in 2007 and 2010

• Owns non-Strikeforce wins over Jan Finney and Elaina Maxwell

• On four fight winning streak

• Origin of nickname - People used to think I would be an easy win aka a "Cupcake." when I was up and coming, usually because of my feminine nature outside of the Octagon. It really used to bother me but now I embrace the irony of it. That, and I just love cupcakes. I live to bake!”

Career

Key Opponents

Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey
12-0-0
( W-L-D )

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