On the biggest stage in the history of the sport, former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate announced her retirement after being defeated soundly by Raquel Pennington at UFC 205.
"I'm announcing my retirement. It's not my time anymore," Tate said inside the cage at Madison Square Garden.
UFC analyst Joe Rogan asked her if she had thought about retiring beforehand or if it was a result of the fight; she confirmed the result played a factor.
"It's taken a long time, I've taken a lot of punishment," Tate said.
At UFC 196 in March, Tate defeated Holly Holm to win the UFC bantamweight title for the first time in her career. She was defeated by Amanda Nunes with a first-round knockout in the main event of UFC 200 in July. The loss to Pennington, a former pupil on the 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter, was Tate’s final straw.
She is also famous for her rivalry with Ronda Rousey, who defeated Tate in Strikeforce to win the 135-pound strap. Prior to Holm, Tate was known as Rousey's toughest test, however it was Holm who knocked off Rousey and was defeated by Tate to win the UFC belt.