Former ONE Championship executive Miesha Tate wants a flyweight title shot! She has yet to make her 125lbs debut but already had big ambitions ahead of her fight with Lauren Murphy at UFC on ABC 3 this weekend.
Tate is a legend of the sport and if she did win the flyweight title it would complete a remarkable comeback story. She is a former bantamweight champion but retired from the sport in 2016 and went on to start a family, having two children.
Her comeback fight in 2021 earned her a performance of the night bonus as she knocked out Marion Reneau in the third round. The 35 year old would go on to lose her next fight to Ketlen Vieira and promptly decided to drop down a division.
.@MieshaTate thinks a win at #UFCLongIsland on Saturday gets her a shot at Valentina Shevchenko.
"If not me then who else?"@MikeBohn's interview: https://t.co/FjASG8RxIj pic.twitter.com/Td1f6SGVqD
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) July 11, 2022
Next in line
Tate told MMA Junkie she believes a win in her upcoming bout would put her next in line to take on reigning flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko.
“If not me then who else? If I go out and beat Lauren the way I intend to… Just watch on the 16th, I’m going to go out there and win.”
Tate thinks her name is going to be on the lips of the flyweight champion after this weekend,
“She’s going to be saying my name pretty often because if not me then who else? You know. Beating Lauren Murphy is a great feather in my camp. And yeah, former world champion. And I’m not here forever, let’s get this show on the road.”
Looking ripped and feeling strong 💪🏼
And still eating good 😋 pic.twitter.com/YW0VAZM6k3
— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) July 14, 2022
Murphy is currently ranked at #3 at flyweight while Shevchenko has beaten all of the fighters in the top four so Tate’s case is not without merit. The 35 year old believes she is just one win away from her first UFC title fight since 2016,
“I want to fight the best. I want to fight Valentina. Lauren is a tough, gritty fighter, she’s ranked inside the top five, so it’ll be a great win for me. It’ll put me right in that spot, and Valentina’s done a beautiful job of clearing out everybody else, so the division is really wide open.”