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Biography And Interesting Fact About Miesha Tate

Biography And Interesting Fact About Miesha Tate

Biography And Interesting Fact About Miesha Tate

Miesha Theresa Tate was born in August 18, 1986, is an American mixed martial artist. She is a former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion and competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where she is a former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Tate was the VP for ONE Championship. As of July 19, 2021, she is #8 in the UFC women’s bantamweight rankings.

ate was born in Tacoma, Washington to Michelle Tate and grew up raised by Michelle and husband Robert Schmidt. A tomboy during her youth, she often socialized with the boys in her neighborhood on playgrounds. While attending Franklin Pierce High School, Tate sought a sport to participate in, and eventually chose amateur wrestling over basketball. She wrestled on the boys’ team from her freshman year until graduation. “I got my butt kicked pretty hard for the first few weeks. I had no idea what I was doing, like a fish out of water,” Tate recalled in 2011. During her senior year in 2005, she competed in the girls’ state championship and won the title.

While Tate was attending Central Washington University, a friend of hers encouraged her to attend the mixed martial arts (MMA) club with her. “I went there, and it really was a bunch of wrestlers. I fit right in,” Tate said.

Tate was known for her extensive knowledge of ground-based arts, including wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and submission defense; her wrestling-heavy style lead to her first nickname, “Takedown”. In July 2011, Tate won the Strikeforce Bantamweight Championship by becoming the first woman to ever submit Marloes Coenen in an MMA bout. During her win at UFC 183, Tate out-grappled Olympic wrestling medalist Sara McMann. She is also noted for being the first fighter to escape Ronda Rousey’s armbar on multiple occasions. Following their first bout in March 2012, Rousey described Tate as “much more savvy on the ground than I anticipated.”

Tate was noted for her double-leg takedowns, usually performed by picking an opponent up while pressing them against the cage. From top position, she typically attacked from side control as opposed to mount; in a rear position, she would usually secure a body triangle and attack with strikes. Having won multiple titles in wrestling, Tate was well known for her power on the ground, which often allowed her to hold opponents in vulnerable positions.

Tate has extensive training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. When attacking from her guard, she usually attempted an armbar or a triangle choke. She employed a variety of submissions while grappling with opponents, including heel hooks, guillotines, and kimura locks. During her fight against Julie Kedzie, she also used a triangle to transition to mount.

Numerous media outlets, including Yahoo! and FoxSports.com, described her ground game as “powerful” and “dominant,” noting that Tate’s opponents were often overwhelmed if taken down. Julie Kedzie typically avoided going to the ground with Tate throughout the duration of their fight. During their bout at UFC 168, Ronda Rousey repeatedly blocked and reversed Tate’s takedown attempts.

While standing, Tate typically used left jabs, left hooks, a right cross, an overhand right, and knees from a clinch. Tate is a fan of the Seattle Seahawks. Tate attended Central Washington University, where she met her ex-boyfriend Bryan Caraway. In 2014, Tate was credited by Caraway with saving the life of his mother, Chris Caraway, when she suffered an asthma attack while scuba diving, stopped breathing and became completely unresponsive.

On September 5, 2016, she helped carry a six-year-old girl with a broken arm while hiking in Nevada.

On January 1, 2018, Tate announced that she is in a relationship with fellow MMA fighter Johnny Nuñez. On June 4, 2018, she gave birth to their daughter, Amaia Nevaeh Nuñez. On December 25, 2019, Tate announced that she is pregnant with second child with Nuñez, due date being in June 2020. On June 14, 2020, she gave birth to their son, Daxton Wylder Nuñez.