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Miesha Tate Announces Retirement After A Shocking Loss In UFC 205

Former UFC and Strikeforce women's bantamweight queen is calling it a career.

Miesha Tate Announces Retirement After A Shocking Loss In UFC 205
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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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Raquel Pennington's unanimous-decision victory.

Miesha Tate Announces Retirement

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.

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The judge's scores were a pair of 30-27s and a 29-28 for a combined decision.

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Immediately after the bout, Tate, 30, the former UFC and Strikeforce champion announced her retirement. 

Raquel Pennington earned undoubtedly the most significant victory of her career.

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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. 

Tate admitted,"It's not my time anymore."

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"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.

When asked why she was retiring, Tate said:

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"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."

Tate enjoyed the biggest win of her career earlier this year.

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She dominated Holly Holm in the final round of a UFC championship fight in March.

On Saturday, Tate realized that she could no longer win a boxing match.

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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.

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"She is an idol to me, and need to keep her head up," Pennington said of Tate.

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"Everybody talks about how Ronda (Rousey) is the face of women's MMA. I think that Miesha is right there with her," she continued.

This was the biggest fight of Pennington's career.

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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."

Fighting out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Pennington has quietly won her last four matches.

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Her last failure came via split decision to Holm in February 2015; Pennington still believes she actually won that fight.

Miesha's career ends with an 18-7 record and victories in five of her past seven fights.

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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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