Miesha Tate is a former mixed martial artist who competed and won several championships in the Bantamweight category during her professional career. Among other highlights of her illustrious MMA career, she won the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship in 2011 and also won the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion in 2016. After retiring in late 2016, Miesha Tate became a sports pundit analyzing the game she knows best.
Who is Miesha Tate?
Born as Miesha Theresa Tate on August 18, 1986, in Tacoma, Washington, Tate parents are Rob and Michelle Tate. She was raised alongside one sibling, a younger sister named Felicia Martin. Growing up, she was a tomboy and regularly mingled with the boys in her area. She had her high school education at Franklin Pierce High School where, interestingly, she was a member of the boys wrestling team from her freshman year until graduation. As a senior in 2005, she won the 2005 Washington State Girls’ Wrestling Championship.
Tate got introduced to mixed martial arts while studying at Central Washington University and owing to her wrestling background, she fit in perfectly. She was defeated in her first amateur bout in March 2006, however, she was able to cumulate a 5-1 (win-loss) record before eventually turning pro the following year.
In November 2006, Tate marked her debut as a professional mixed martial artist at the HOOKnSHOOT Women’s Grand Prix. She won her first bout of the tournament before losing out to the eventual champion Kaitlin Young. She recorded further wins under a couple of smaller MMA companies including CageSport MMA, Freestyle Cage Fighting (FCF) and Atlas Fights.
On April 4, 2009, she defeated Liz Carreiro at Freestyle Cage Fighting (FCF) to win the 135-pound FCF Women’s Bantamweight Championship, the first title of her career. Two years later, she captured the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship at the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson event held on July 30, 2011. Her reign as Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion came to an end on March 3, 2012, at the Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey event when she lost the title to Ronda Rousey.
Miesha Tate among several other fighters moved on to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) when Strikeforce was discontinued in early 2013. She was defeated in her first 2 bouts under the UFC before eventually recording her first win on April 19, 2014, at the UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne event. Her winning streak continued over 4 consecutive fights extending her UFC win-loss record to 4-2.
At the UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz event held on March 5, 2016, Tate defeated Holly Holm to become the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. This turned out to be the last win of her career as she lost to Amanda Nunes in July 2016 and was also defeated by Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 held in November 2016. Tate announced her retirement from the sport immediately after her loss at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016.
Who is Miesha Tate’s Boyfriend, Is She Married?
On New Year’s Day 2018, Meisha Tate revealed that she was in a relationship with MMA lightweight fighter Johnny Nunez. The couple lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and they welcomed their first child on June 4, 2018, a daughter named Amaia Nevaeh Nunez. Just like his partner Tate, Johnny Nunez is also a former wrestler having competed on the Bronco wrestling program of Boise State University.
Prior to her current relationship, Miesha Tate was romantically involved with fellow professional mixed martial artist Bryan Caraway who was her college sweetheart at Central Washington University.
Miesha Nate became established as one of the most popular female MMA stars during her nearly decade-long professional career. In addition to her career earnings, she enjoyed a couple of lucrative endorsement deals with international brands such as NASCAR and Budweiser. Apparently, she has fared well financially as her net worth is estimated to be $6 million.
Miesha Tate Height and Body Measurements
Miesha Tate is 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm) in height. She maintains a trim physique at a body weight of 61 kg (134.5 lbs). Confident in her own skin, the MMA star featured in the 2013 edition of the ESPN Body Issue. She equally graced the cover of Fitness Gurls magazine in December 2013 where she was dubbed “the most beautiful woman in MMA.” Tate was also ranked number 58 on Maxim magazine’s “Hot 100” list for 2014.