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IN Sports ON 13 Nov, 2016
The opening match of the UFC 205 main card was assumed to be Miesha Tate's return to prominence after succumbing the UFC women's bantamweight title.
Instead, it turned out to be Raquel Pennington's coming-out party and Miesha's final fight.
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Rising bantamweight contender Raquel Pennington (9-5) hado a decisive win over former titleholder Miesha Tate (18-7) at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening.
Immediately after the bout, Tate, 30, the former UFC and Strikeforce champion announced her retirement.
Pennington outboxed Tate and dominated position on the floor and along the fence. Outside of a few knees and some very limited grappling success early, Tate had trouble getting anything going.
"I'm announcing my retirement," she said.
"You guys, I love you so much. I've been doing this for over a decade. Thank you so much for being here. I'll love this sport forever, but this is not for me," Tate continued.
"Because of the result. I just had a lot more to give, and I couldn't pull it out of myself. It's been a long time; I've taken a lot of punishment."
She dominated Holly Holm in the final round of a UFC championship fight in March.
She consistently punched her way into the clinch. She didn't fare any better there, however as Pennington turned her into the fence and hit her with the short shots.
"Everybody talks about how Ronda (Rousey) is the face of women's MMA. I think that Miesha is right there with her," she continued.
She said, "Tate is a huge name in the sport and a former champion. During 'The Ultimate Fighter' we developed a friendship, but business is a business. I had to go out there and take care of business tonight."
Her last failure came via split decision to Holm in February 2015; Pennington still believes she actually won that fight.
Born in Washington and fight out of Los Vegas, Tate has been one of the most popular female fighters ever.
She will be missed on the court!
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