“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” was a saying linked with Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Miesha Tate for years. Tate was never able to defeat Ronda Rousey and ascend to the top of the UFC bantamweight division, and there were even whispers in 2015 that Tate was never again going to receive a chance to win a title while fighting for the company. All of that changed on March 5, 2016, however, when Tate caught UFC Champion Holly Holm in a rear-naked choke. Holm was unable to escape and refused to tap, and thus Tate choked out her opponent to win the championship that had eluded her for so long.
Tate has been a babyface among diehard UFC fans for years, and not just because she was the underdog who was unable to topple Rousey when the then-undefeated champion was known as “the baddest woman on the planet.” Along with being an accomplished fighter, Tate is also a legitimate hero who once saved the life of a person. We don't know when or even if Rousey will decide to return to the UFC following her loss to Holm in November 2015, but the hope is that Tate will be waiting for her third opportunity to show that she can defeat Rousey on a big stage and with a championship on the line.
10 Tate's Early Life
9 Tate the Wrestler
8 Tate's Nicknames
7 Tate Was Too Tough?
6 Tate's NFL Team
5 Tate's Boyfriend
4 Tate's Heartbreak
3 Tate Almost Retired?
2 Tate and Holm Almost Fought to a Draw
1 Tate is a Hero
“Hero” is a word that gets tossed around way too frequently in the sports world. Tate is not just a sports hero. She is a real-life hero, one who saved the life of her boyfriend's mother when all were on vacation. Caraway's mother had stopped breathing and was apparently even turning blue when Tate sprung into action and, with the help of an inhaler, saved the woman's life. The full story provided by MMA Junkie is incredible, one that all who are interested in learning more about Tate should read. Tate is a champion inside and outside of the cage, and she could very well be your new favorite fighter.
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