One of the UFC’s most famous female stars Miesha Tate is unexpectedly set to make a comeback from retirement against Marion Reneau at an upcoming Fight Night card on July 17th.
The news comes out-of-the-blue as the 34-year-old Tate has been asked many times over the past four years if she was considering a comeback and had rarely given any indication that it was a possibility.
Instead, Tate had built a new life for herself, moving to Singapore to become a Vice-President for the ONE FC promotion at one stage, while also becoming the mother of two children during her time away from the Octagon.
However, she’s always remained under contract with the UFC as a fighter and so that’s where she will now resume her career.
“My heart is full of passion, the fire has been lit!” Tate texted ESPN. “The sport has been calling for me, it’s time I answer.”
Tate’s last fight in November of 2016 saw her lose to Raquel Pennington by unanimous decision, following on from the bantamweight title being wrenched from her grasp by Amanda Nunes a few months earlier.
However, Tate had been in excellent form during her prior five-fight winning streak in which she’d defeated the likes of Liz Carmouche, Sara McMann and Jessica Eye, before winning the title by defeating Holly Holm in one of the more memorable comeback victories in UFC history.
It should also be noted that Tate’s comeback fight will also serve as the 43-year-old Reneau’s retirement bout, coming off the back of a four-fight losing streak.
“I knew that my last fight would be when I was 43 or 44 years old,” Reneau said. “Granted, I feel amazing. I feel the best I’ve ever felt. But there just comes a time when I feel it’s time to move on and in my mind, I always knew I would finish out my contract and that was going to be it.
“I can’t think of a better situation, just because I like to say I grew up watching Miesha. She was one of my first idols when I started fighting. I used to dream about fighting her, and now it’s coming to pass in what happens to be my last hoorah.”