Following her unanimous decision loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 this past November, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate announced her retirement. If there’s one thing fighters have a hard time doing, it’s giving up the sport they love. It’s no surprise then that Tate might not be finished fighting after all.
But with one caveat, the fighting won’t be in the form of MMA, where she has cemented herself as one of the baddest women to ever step into the cage. This past weekend at Submission Underground 2 Miesha scored a victory over Jessica Eye in a grappling contest. Following the match, Tate expressed her love of the gentle art, “jiu-jitsu is my favorite part of the sport, my favorite aspect of mixed martial arts. So to be able to take that part out, isolate it and have fun was great.”
With her love of the art and being a draw wherever she goes regardless of the form of combat sport she’s competing it, the obvious question of what next in the arena of grappling comes to mind. Thankfully, Miesha answered that question for us Saturday night.
“I would love to compete against Mackenzie [Dern]. I know she’s credentialed as one of the best. So I’d like to test myself.”, boasted Cupcake. Mackenzie Dern ranks as the #1 IBJJF female black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the world. In addition to her numerous world titles and other accolades in the sport, she has transitioned to MMA where she holds a 2-0 record under the Legacy FC banner.
With her sights set on MMA it’s unclear whether or not Dern would accept a high profile match outside of the cage. But given she’s one of the world’s elite I don’t think anyone can rule it out.