Miesha Tate’s move to flyweight did not go as planned.
Tate was moving down to the division to face Lauren Murphy at UFC Long Island and should she win, she likely would’ve gotten a title shot. However, the fight did not go her way as Murphy controlled it for the entire three rounds and won a clear-cut decision. Now, following the loss, Tate says she will fight again.
Miesha Tate Doesn’t Need to Fight, She Wants To
“I’m in a very great point in my life,” Tate said on Unlocking the Cage with Jimmy Smith on SiriusXM Radio. “Not like Chapter 1. Chapter 1 was kind of toxic and I was in a lot of turmoil and that was my outlet and it was also my identity. It’s none of those things for me anymore. So as I continue to evolve, life is great. It’s very kush. I live a wonderful life.”
“I have everything that I need,” she continued. “I don’t need to fight, I just want to. And I want to do better than I did this time. I’m not going to give up on it, but this is a whole new challenge. I just need to get my mindset a little bit more gritty, a little bit more grind. A little bit more ‘gotta have it,’ not just there to have fun, and I don’t feel like I hit the nail on the head with that this time.”
What is Next For Miesha Tate in the UFC?
Although Tate says she will fight again, she isn’t sure if she will fight at 125 pounds again. She thinks the weight cut played a role so she is thinking of moving back up to bantamweight.
“I definitely need to take some time to figure it out,” Tate said. “It was a really long camp, it got drawn out two times. I don’t know if I’m going to stay at 125 or just go back to 135 where I can enjoy [my life]. That diet, for that long, made me want to blow my brains out. It was terrible. So I think I might stay at 135. I don’t know. We’ll see. I need a little time to regroup and see where I go from it.”