Miesha Tate is in Bangkok. The former UFC bantamweight champion will be doing a seminar at Ohana BJJ tomorrow night with 25% of the proceeds going to a local charity.
Tate is in town for the ONE Championship event with her husband, Johnny Nunez, set to compete. She was formerly an executive at the Asian promotion before deciding to relaunch her fighting career with a UFC comeback.
ONE Fight Night 6 is set for Bangkok this weekend and will be broadcast live on Amazon Prime in North America. Tate posted a photo of herself working out in a hotel in the city and joked that she was ‘casually checking if I put on my deodorant today’.
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Tate was appointed as ONE Championship vice president in 2018 and remained in the role for three years. But she decided to come out of retirement and attempt a UFC comeback.
After nearly five years away from the octagon Tate returned at UFC Vegas 31 in 2021. She stopped Marion Reneau in the third round, picking up a $50,000 USD performance bonus in the process.
Tate’s performance was all the more impressive when you consider she had given birth to two children during the five years that had elapsed since her last UFC fight. But unfortunately the 36 year old has not been able to maintain this momentum, losing by decision in her last two contests.
— UFC (@ufc) July 16, 2022
Nunez will also be making a comeback following an extended absence. He made his ONE Championship debut in 2019 but dropped a decision to Kazuki Tokudome in Jakarta.
The 37 year old is dropping down to featherweight. But he has been handed a very tough matchup against decorated BJJ black belt and former title contender Garry Tonon.
Tonon is coming off an unsuccessful title shot. Former featherweight champion Thanh Le handed him the first loss of his entire career last year, stopping the submission specialist in the opening round.
Nunez competed on season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter as a welterweight. He will be making his featherweight debut at a relatively late stage of his career but can take inspiration from Tate, who dropped down to flyweight last year for the first time.