Miesha Tate has had a long journey in women’s MMA. She was born on August 18, 1986 in Tacoma, Washington. On November 24, 2007, she made her professional mixed martial arts debut at HOOKnSHOOT: BodogFIGHT 2007 Women’s Tournament, defeating Jan Finney by referee decision.
Though Tate lost her next fight by KO (via head kick) to Kaitlin Young, she still managed to start her MMA career off with a 6-1 record before Strikeforce, the number two MMA organization in the world came calling.
After losing her Strikeforce debut to Sarah Kaufman by unanimous decision on May 15, 2009, Tate won her next six fights, including four with Strikeforce. Her final win in that streak over Marloes Coenen by arm-triangle choke netted her the organization’s Women’s Bantamweight Championship
After that, we all know what happened. Ronda Rousey took her Strikeforce belt and Miesha’s career would forever be linked to the former Olympic medalist.
Earlier this year, on March 5, she would finally accomplish her dream. Miesha defeated Holly Holm for the bantamweight title of the UFC with a brilliant submission in the final round of a bout that was favoring Holm.
In July, Miesha ended up headlining the biggest card in UFC history yet: UFC 200. The card suffered a terrible blow during fight week, when Jon Jones had to be pulled from the card. This made Miesha go from the third fight to the main event.