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13th Nov 2016

Miesha Tate shocks fans as she hangs up her gloves after another defeat at UFC 205

A legend retires

Darragh Murphy

Miesha Tate hinted that she was going to retire at the start of the year.

She’s lucky she didn’t.

Because if ‘Cupcake’ had decided to hang up her gloves at that testing point in her life then she’d have denied herself the highlight of her storied mixed martial arts career.

In March, Tate claimed the elusive UFC women’s bantamweight title with one of the most stunning comebacks in UFC history as she choked out Holly Holm in the co-main event of UFC 196.

Eight months later and she’s now known as an ex-fighter.

The 30-year-old made the decision to retire on Saturday night, after she came up short in the main card opener of UFC 205.

Tate looked uncharacteristically flat in her defeat to Raquel Pennington, the woman she once coached during her stint on The Ultimate Fighter.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Miesha Tate of the United States (left) fights against Raquel Pennington of the United States in their women's bantamweight bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images )(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images )

It was just the second time in her nine-year fight career that she suffered consecutive losses, having dropped the belt to Amanda Nunes in July, and the time seemed right for her.

She won the title with one of the most exciting finishes of all time.

She headlined the landmark UFC 200 card.

And she opened the main card for the UFC’s debut in New York City.

Nobody can take any of that away from her.

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