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From retirement talk to champion in four months, Miesha Tate has a knack for bouncing back

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Miesha Tate never wanted to retire, according to her boyfriend, coach and fellow UFC fighter Bryan Caraway. A few months ago when she talked about it, she was two parts discouraged and one part pragmatic.

For someone whose ultimate goal is to win a world title, if there was no foreseeable path back to a shot at that belt then Tate wondered if it was all worth it.

“She wants to be a world champion and fight for the belt so much,” Caraway told MMA Fighting. “That’s her goal in life. If you’re fighting in the UFC and you don’t really care about that [goal], then it’s a hobby. And this is not a hobby. This is our f*cking career. This is our life.”

Tate might not even have to fight at this point. She’s had other opportunities on the table. She has almost one million Instagram followers, has a powerhouse management firm in Kevin Harvick, Inc., and just started a podcast that has nothing to do with MMA. Caraway also revealed that Tate was offered a regular analyst gig for FOX Sports that she turned down.

“Miesha was like, ‘I don’t want to have that responsibility, I want to focus on fighting,'” Caraway said.

So when the UFC snubbed her for a title shot against Ronda Rousey last summer, giving it to Holly Holm instead, Tate considered hanging up the gloves. If she wasn’t going to be able to reach her career goal, then maybe she’d just focus on getting paid in a different medium.

“If the UFC would have kept not giving her opportunities that she earned, well then at that point it just becomes wear and tear on her body,” Caraway said. “She’s a beautiful girl. She has so many other options getting thrown at her. She was like, ….View full article

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