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Miesha announces retirement after UFC 205 loss

Immediately after suffering a lop-sided loss to former student Raquel Pennington, former women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate announced her retirement from mixed martial arts.

The 30-year-old admitted that the decision was based on the performance and was not a premeditated one, but after 10 years of being one of the faces of women’s MMA, Tate said she has nothing more to give to the sport and her back-to-back losses – including her knockout defeat to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 – told her that it was no longer her time in the UFC.

If indeed Tate remains retired, it says something about her greatness and meaningfulness to the sport that she was featured in two of the biggest events in UFC history – as the main even of UFC 200 and on the first-ever UFC card held in Madison Square Garden.

She is a legend, and maybe she didn’t have as decorated a career as Ronda Rousey, she won the title that she so long sought and was just as much of a trail blazer in women’s MMA. Tate joined the UFC from strikeforce. She never beat her great rival Rousey, but did become the first person to ever really challenger her. In their UFC 168 rematch, Tate became the first fighter to take Rousey past the first round. They went three rounds.

Desperate to get another shot at the top crown, Tate recovered from her defeat and won five-straight fights. She was heart-broken and frustrated when she was continually passed over for another shot at Rousey, but she got the first fight against Holly Holm after she became champion and made the woman who knocked out the women fade into unconsciousness with a rear-naked choke.

Tate won the title. It was all she ever wanted and she got it. She then headlined the UFC’s biggest event in history and opened another one of the biggest and most important shows in the promotion’s history. Maybe selfishly Tate is still a featured fighter everybody wants to see, but as she said in her exit speech, she has taken a lot of punishment, it may no longer be her time at the top and she’s ready to step aside and let the younger generation take over a division that she helped build.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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