Miesha Tate was very close to considering retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts, says boyfriend and coach Bryan Caraway.
In an interview with MMA Fighting, Caraway said that Miesha Tate had only one goal in mind — to be world champion. However, mounting frustration, a deflating loss to Ronda Rousey, and opportunities outside made her review if MMA was still worth it.
“She wants to be a world champion and fight for the belt so much,” said Caraway to 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.”
“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. She’s a beautiful girl. She has so many other options getting thrown at her. She was like, ‘Well, if I’m not gonna do this for the passion and fighting for a world title, then I’m gonna do something for money and it’s not gonna be fighting where I’m possibly getting brain damage.'”
However, fate stepped in and gave Miesha Tate another crack at the title, defeating Holly Holm via submission to finally wear the women’s bantamweight belt around her waist.
“She didn’t bring up retirement because she didn’t want to fight anymore and she didn’t have the passion and drive,” Caraway said. “It felt like that all of her work, no matter how hard she worked, it’s in the hands of the UFC. They choose to give a title fight or they don’t choose to give a title fight. It was kind of demeaning and kind of takes the wind out of your sails.”
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