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Hers Girl: Miesha Tate

The newly crowned UFC bantamweight champion talks about her life in and out of the cage.

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Hers Girl: Miesha Tate

“I want to be known as the girl who never gives up, who gets back up and fights back even harder when knocked down, both in and out of the cage.” - UFC Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate. Read more about the UFC fighter here:

Wrestling Knowledge 

“I’m passionate about jiu-jitsu because there’s so much to learn—it’s a never-ending story. I continue to evolve in wrestling, but that’s where I came from—it’s my base.” 

Outside The Octagon

“I’m an outdoorsy person. I love being in the water, whether it’s on a boat or just relaxing, and I love inner tubing. I also love camping or just being in the sun, enjoying life!” 

Road To Recovery 

“I’ve learned firsthand that training smarter, not harder, is just better. Doing this sport for so long, I know my body really well. I’ve had fights where I have definitely overtrained and didn’t give myself enough rest between fights or during training camp. I typically use a heart-rate monitor to track my recovery each morning to see where I’m at, and if it’s a day to push really hard or take it a little lighter. I also use it when I’m sparring to make sure my heart rate’s getting up high enough. After workouts, I’ll often take an ice bath to speed recovery.” 

When Dreams Come True 

“I’m really big on visualization; it’s an important part of the fight. I visualize pushing through adversity and executing whatever my game plan is. As silly as it sounds, I would wake up in the morning and say I’m the champion. So when they announced my name as the champion after beating Holly Holm, it was almost hard to realize that was the real moment! It was exhilarating to have the heavy belt around my waist and to feel the hugs and love.” 

Food To Fuel 

“I like to eat red meat—it helps me keep my iron levels up. I also eat a lot of veggies. If you’re low on calories or missing something in your diet, you can definitely feel it when you’re pushing your body to the limits. Whatever you put into your body is what you’re going to get out of it.” 

Training Days 

“[Training camp] for a title fight starts at least 10 weeks out. We train two to three times a day, up to six hours in the gym a day. I start at 10 a.m. with strength, conditioning, and technique. Around 4 p.m. I focus on mixed martial arts [MMA] training. Some days are more about grappling, others striking, but it all incorporates MMA.” 

Tate is scheduled to fight Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 later this year.

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