The Miesha Tate vs Marion Reneau fight was first reported by ESPN. Tate will be making her return after five years of retirement, while Reneau herself told ESPN that this fight will be her last.
Miesha Tate vs Marion Reneau will take place on July 17, at an un-named UFC event. The location and venue of the event has not been officially announced either.
Miesha Tate vs Marion Reneau: A Return and an End
Miesha Tate (18-7, 5-4 UFC)
Tate is a legend and true pioneer in Women’s MMA. A former Freestyle Cage Fighting and Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion, Tate was apart of some of the biggest fights and moments in Women’s MMA history.
Who could forget the classic rivalry with Ronda Rousey? Or the war with Cat Zingano at the TUF 17 finale that received Fight of the Night honors? Her biggest achievement will always have to be that 2016 Comeback of the year performance against Holly Holm at UFC 196. Where after four back and forth rounds, Tate would defeat Holm via technical submission and become the UFC Women’s bantamweight champion. Solidifying her place in Women’s MMA even further.
This win would increase her win streak to five. With victories over the likes of Liz Carmouche, Sara McMann, Jessica Eye, and of course, Holly Holm. At the time, talks were brewing about a potential trilogy fight with Rousey, however, Dana White would declare that Amanda Nunes would be challenging for the title.
From here, the road to Miesha Tate vs Marion Reneau was not easy. Nunes would very decisively snatch the title away from “Cupcake” with a rear-naked choke submission finish at UFC 200. Next, would come a fight against Raquel Pennington at UFC 205, and Tate would be on the wrong side of the decision. Retirement was next and sad as it was, everyone believed we’d seen the last of “Cupcake” until the news of her return broke today!
Marion Reneau (9-7-1, 5-6-1)
Reneau is a gritty veteran with notable wins over names such as Jessica Andrade, Sara McMann, and a draw against Bethe Correia. On the road to Miesha Tate vs Marion Reneau, “The Belizean Bruiser” is somebody who’s always faced the elite. With notable losses to the likes of Holly Holm, Cat Zingano, Yana Kunitskaya, and Raquel Pennington.
Reneau has stated that this will be her last fight, and hopefully, she can end this four-fight skid and end her career with a win over a legend like Tate! Speaking to ESPN she had this to say regarding her retirement:
“I knew that my last fight would be when I was 43 or 44 years old… Granted, I feel amazing,” Reneau told ESPN. “I feel the best I’ve ever felt. But there just comes a time when I feel it’s time to move on and in my mind, I always knew I would finish out my contract and that was going to be it.”
“I can’t think of a better situation, just because I like to say I grew up watching Miesha. She was one of my first idols when I started fighting. I used to dream about fighting her, and now it’s coming to pass in what happens to be my last hoorah.”
You can really tell that leading into this Miesha Tate vs Marion Reneau fight, she has a lot at stake here regarding her own legacy. How ironic, that Reneau idolized Tate back when she first started fighting, and she will now welcome her back to the UFC as Reneau herself retires after this matchup.
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