Miesha Tate talks motherhood, plans to continue grappling competition

Former UFC bantamweight champion. WMMA Pioneer. Mother. These are just some of the words that can be used to describe Miesha “Cupcake” Tate.Now a retiree of the sport, Tate recently spoke to MMAjunkie about the way her life has changed since becoming a mother, and training in the future.

Six weeks ago, after 67 hours of labor, Tate welcomed a beautiful daughter named Amaia into the world.

“Motherhood has forced me to totally reorganize my life and change things. I used to be such a spur-of-the-moment person and I realize now I have a baby, and I have to really plan things and think things through and have a diaper bag. I’m really responsible for this whole other little person, so it’s given me a whole other new perspective and such a respect for parents, and obviously mothers. Every mother who’s done this before me has my complete admiration because it’s not easy.” 

Aside from being a full-time mother, MMA remains a big part of Tate’s life— hosting “MMA Today” on SiriusXM weekly.

While she has no intentions to come out of retirement, the love for competition still lingers in her mind.

“Sometimes when I watch it, in the heat of the moment, it’s like, ‘it would be great if I could just go back in there. But the thing is all the work and training. If you could just show up and fight, I would probably do it. But to have to go through the whole training camp, the dieting, and the politics of everything, it gets crazy. And the sport has changed— I don’t know if it’s for the better or for the worse, but it’s defintley much different than when I started. For me, I don’t have the same calling that I did in the forefront of when I started this all, so things have changed. I think where my passion really lies now is with my family and with my daughter, so I think the grappling should suffice the competing nature I have.”

As a contender and champion, Tate was known for her relentless grappling prowess. In the near future, Miesha plans to return to the mats.

“I definitely see training as part of my life moving forward. There’s no way I could just let that go. It’s been such a big part of my life, since, I would say— 15-years-old is when I started wrestling. I’m anxious to get back. I’m not quite there, but I’m really close. I’m working out, but I just haven’t actually gotten back on the mat.”

“I think I want to start drilling and then work into grappling. I would like to compete in some grappling competitions of some sort.”

Source: John Morgan, Ken Hathaway at MMAjunkie

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