Miesha Tate Biography

Miesha Tate
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History will look back on some of the female MMA fighters competing during the early 2000's as pioneers. First there was Gina Carano, who fought Julie Kedzie during the first female MMA fight on broadcast television (Showtime). Big time female fighters like Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos and Ronda Rousey have also competed and had a major impact during approximately the same time period.

Along those lines, a woman by the name of Miesha Tate deserves mention. When Rousey started talking junk, Tate came right back at her. During their now famous fight in the Strikeforce organization (Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey), Tate fought hard, finding herself in a couple of good situations before submitting to that now famous armbar.

In the end, Tate is simply a female to watch in the MMA game. Here is her story.

Date of Birth

Miesha Tate was born on August 18, 1986 in Tacoma, Washington.


Tate fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC ranks. Soon after, her organizational debut against Cat Zingano was set for The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on April 13, 2013.

Early Wrestling Days

Tate actually wrestled on the boys team in high school. In 2005, she managed to win the high school women's state title in the 158 pound division. From there, she went on to win nationals in the same division at the World Team Trials.

MMA Beginnings

A friend of Tate's at Central Washington University, Rosalia Watson, encouraged and eventually succeeded in getting her to go to the mixed martial arts sports club at the college which was run by her current boyfriend and trainer Bryan Caraway.

Tate really got into it and achieved a 5-1 amateur record before going pro in competition. On November 24, 2007, she made her professional mixed martial arts debut at HOOKnSHOOT: BodogFIGHT 2007 Women's Tournament, defeating Jan Finney by referee decision. Though Tate lost her next fight by KO (via head kick) to Kaitlin Young, she still managed to start her MMA career off with a 6-1 record before Strikeforce, the number two MMA organization in the world came calling.

Strikeforce Career

After losing her Strikeforce debut to Sarah Kaufman by unanimous decision on May 15, 2009, Tate won her next six fights, including four with Strikeforce. Her final win in that streak over Marloes Coenen by arm-triangle choke netted her the organization's Women's Bantamweight Championship. This was huge, especially considering Coenen's submission and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu acumen (submitting her was no joke). Up next, however, was someone that Tate would always be paired with by society- Ronda Rousey.

Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey

Never before had there been so much jawing back and forth before a female MMA match. In the end, Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey saw former judo Olympic bronze medalist Ronda Rousey defeat Tate by first round armbar, the move that she had used to defeat all comers up to that date. But Tate fought hard during the round and briefly found herself in some enviable positions, gaining a lot of respect in a losing effort.

Fighting Style

Tate is an exciting, fast moving fighter. She demonstrates excellent takedowns, takedown defense, and ground control skills, which is something that one would figure giving her wrestling background. In addition, she is a good submission fighter as well.

From a striking perspective, Tate is continuing to improve. She also comes to fight in great shape and is very tough. Simply put, she's not the kind of fighter to give up.

Miesha Tate's Greatest MMA Victories

Tate defeated Sara McMann by majority decision at UFC 183. How do you defeat an Olympic wrestler?  How about by having better cardio and an unbelievable heart.  Tate is just a fighter that never quits, and that was on display here for sure.

Tate defeated Marloes Coenen by fourth round arm-triangle choke at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. She won the Strikeforce belt.