Miesha Tate marked a significant victory at UFC Austin by dominating Julia Avila for over two rounds before ultimately securing a formidable neck-crank submission. From the outset to the final moments, Tate efficiently took the fight to the ground repeatedly, leaving Avila defenseless.
Tate’s one-sided performance created the perfect moment to execute the fight-ending submission, officially declaring a rear-naked choke, although it was more accurately a forceful crank on Avila’s face and neck, leading to her tap out and concluding the fight. The stoppage occurred at 1:15 in the third round.
Despite fans speculating that the 12th-ranked women’s bantamweight was on the verge of retiring, she surprised everyone by recently penning a new contract to extend her fighting career. Many fans felt the contract extension may as well be a sign of her being the opponent of UFC legend Ronda Rousey, who is rumored to make her return at UFC 300.
Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey 3 at UFC 300? “I think it would be fantastic,” says Tate.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) July 7, 2023
Ronda Rousey also left WWE, and if she makes a return to mixed martial arts, it cannot get bigger than UFC 300. When asked about fighting the former WWE Superstar, here is what Miesha Tate said at a UFC event: “She is making plenty of money. She is married. She has a kid now, and she appears to be happy. But it would just be if she had that competitive drive and desire because there is no other reason”.
So, according to the UFC star, Ronda has achieved a lot in her career already, and she does not have many reasons to come back to MMA. However, she also added that she would love to fight Ronda if the clash between them materializes.
Miesha Tate achieves the milestone of 20 professional victories
Boasting a career that spans more than fifteen years in the sport, Miesha Tate, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, consistently demonstrates her commitment to delivering exceptional performances. Her victorious return at UFC Austin was highlighted by a commanding performance against Julia Avila, culminating in a submission via rear-naked choke.
In her post-fight interview, Tate got emotional, as this was her 20th professional victory. She used to use a microphone to inform the MMA world that she was not done with the sport. “This tonight marks my 20th professional victory. I’ve been doing this for 18 years. People said quit and give up after my last fight. I had to show myself, and I hope all of you do not quit on yourself. You do not give up,” said Tate.
“Do not quit on yourself. Do not give up. It doesn’t matter what anybody else says.”@MieshaTate has been in the fight game for 18 years. After taking a year off, she earned her 20th professional victory.#UFCAustin pic.twitter.com/wLdhuJP1mt
— UFC (@ufc) December 3, 2023
Having attained a 2-2 record since her comeback from retirement, Miesha Tate secured her first victory after a challenging weight cut to 125 lbs, which proved unsuccessful. Now back in her familiar bantamweight division, Tate continues to exude a formidable presence, hinting at her potential as a significant force in the future.