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Miesha Tate believes Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s retirement ‘might be a good move’

Miesha Tate believes Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s retirement ‘might be a good move’

Like many fighters, Miesha Tate was shocked to see Joanna Jedrzejczyk lay her gloves on the canvas at UFC 275. The once-dominant strawweight champ was aggressive with Zhang Weili, even in a knockout loss.

“I didn’t count on it after I noticed her taking off her gloves off contained in the octagon, I used to be like, ‘What a minute,’” Tate stated just lately on The MMA Hour. “As a result of I assumed she regarded phenomenal. I assumed each ladies regarded like elevated variations of themself, and I nonetheless assume Joanna has so much to supply ought to she select to proceed combating.”

Tate had turned 30 three months earlier than a unanimous resolution loss to Raquel Pennington prompted her to step away from the game. After 5 years away from the cage, working behind the scenes within the trade and elevating a household, she returned to combating for one final shot at gold. A win in her return struggle in opposition to Marion Renau resulted in a third-round TKO win; a follow-up in opposition to Ketlen Vieira led to a call setback this previous November.

Tate understands why Jedrzejczyk would select to maneuver to the following chapter in her life, so she will be able to’t blame her fellow former champ for making that transfer.

“As I’ve come to understand later in my life, and I feel what she’s come to understand – and I had an interview together with her only a couple weeks in the past for our present – and she or he was so completely satisfied and fulfilled, and I acknowledged that in her,” Tate stated. “She was in an ideal place, she was getting into with an ideal mindset. I simply really feel like she’s prepared to maneuver on to the following chapter.

“I’ve been in that place earlier than, besides now she’s 35 years previous, so I do assume that is most likely a good move, as a result of it’s what she desires and what makes her completely satisfied, and life is just too quick to be depressing.

“We’ve received to go on the market and discover what lights our souls on fireplace. We get one go-around on this, except you consider in reincarnation, however we don’t keep in mind our different lives anyhow, so principally we get one go-around. I feel she’s doing it proper – she desires to start out a household and she or he desires to be a businesswoman.”

Jedrzejczyk desires to boost a household and presumably work behind the scenes as a fighter supervisor. She intends to remain near the UFC, which she credit for lots of the constructive issues in her life.

Jedrzejczyk’s retirement after her loss prompted an outpouring of gratitude from fighters and followers who keep in mind her embellished run within the octagon. Tate is amongst those that acknowledge the previous champ as a pivotal determine within the sport.

“She’s phenomenal,” Tate stated. “She’s an incredible lady and an exceptional fighter, and I feel she’ll at all times be acknowledged as probably the greatest to ever compete within the UFC.”

Tate, in the meantime, is giving her dream one other shot as she drops to the flyweight division to tackle Lauren Murphy at UFC 276.

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