The UFC is in Melbourne, Australia this week and some stars went along for the ride. Among the fighters in the roster who went down under is former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.
In her first appearance since UFC 205 where she announced her retirement from the sport right there in the cage. Miesha Tate answered questions about her retirement as well as her future plans.
“I just knew after like the first exchange that I just didn’t want to do it anymore. So it was just kind of one of those things that just like stuck it out but I knew I had a lot more to give and I just didn’t give it. I don’t know. It’s just one of those things. It’s kind of odd, to be honest. But yeah, just lacking a little bit of the competitive edge to want to punch people in the face… I planned on winning that fight and going on another title run but at the end of that I just knew.”
In the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White told reporters Miesha refused to go to the hospital. He went on to say that when he insisted, Tate told him, “F**k you, I don’t work for you anymore,” Miesha explained what happened.
“I was pissed, I didn’t want to go to the hospital because I was fine. And I knew I was fine. They didn’t make me go to the hospital after I fought Amanda and you know she knocked my block off. If any time I should have gone to the hospital it probably should have been then but there wasn’t really anything that happened in the fight with Raquel that I feel was hospital-deeming worthy. It just pissed me off because I was like, ‘I have an after party to go to. I have my friends here. I’m in New York City, I do not want to go spend a couple hours in the ER when I’ve been doing this long enough to know I didn’t need to go.”