Erin Currier

Meisha Tate

Acrylic & mixed media on panel, 48"h x 36"w, Item No. 15157,

Miesha Theresa Tate, born August 18, 1986, is an American Mixed Martial Arts Pundit and former mixed martial artist, adept in wrestling, submission wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, and Muay Thai, and a former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Primarily known for her grappling ability, Tate became a wrestler while attending Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, Washington and won a state championship during her senior year in 2005. She began her professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career in 2007, and went on to win numerous championships. UFC company president Dana White credited her fight with Rousey for bringing women's MMA to the promotion. Prior to Tate's retirement announcement last year, journalists and colleagues noted that she had created "a legacy that will be hard to match by any fighter walking behind her" and that she is "one of mixed martial arts' most popular stars, in large part because of her toughness and resilience. She may not have had her rivals' standout technical skills, like Ronda Rousey's judo and Holly Holm's boxing, but her heart in the heat of battle just might be unmatched among fighters of either gender."

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