Did Miesha Tate win her fight tonight?
UFC Fight Night results: Miesha Tate returns from near five-year retirement with TKO of Marion Reneau. ... It was Tate who got the storybook moment, scoring a third-round TKO as she restarted her Octagon career with a bang. CBSSports.comUFC Fight Night results: Miesha Tate returns from near five-year retirement with TKO of Marion Reneau
Makhachev vs. Moises took place July 17 at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nev. Miesha Tate (19-7) and Marion Reneau (9-8-1) collided in the UFC Vegas 31 co-main event. The fight aired live on ESPN and ESPN+. Catch more video highlights below.
For more on Tate vs. Reneau, check out live blog from MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck below.
Round 1: Both fighters have entered the octagon for this 135-pound co-main event. Tate looks completely relaxed ahead of her first fight since UFC 205, while Reneau looks intense and focused before the final fight of her career. Mark Smith is the third man in the cage and gets them going. Tate and Reneau are feeling each other out early before the former champion throws a combination that comes up short. Leg kick to the upper thigh from Reneau lands while Tate lands a right hand. Leg kick from Reneau counters a jab from Tate, followed by a nice right hand from Tate that wobbles Reneau slightly. The 44-year-old lands a trio of right hands and a leg kick to try and slow the former champion down. Halfway through and Tate lands a straight right before shooting for a double leading to a clinch against the cage. Reneau defending well but Tate is able to hang on to the position in the clinch. Reneau gets separation and they circle. Hard right hand from Tate lands, Reneau lands a left before Tate gets the takedown with just under 50 seconds to go. Reneau looking for a triangle but Tate passes into half guard and ends the round on top.
Round 2: Both women found success on the feet early, but Reneau needs to avoid the ground in order to try and even things up. Reneau comes out with a little more aggression landing a pair of punches, Tate answers with a right of her own. Stiff jab from “Cupcake” lands and attempts a leg kick that comes up short. Good right hand from Reneau scores, Tate moves in and eats a right hand. Tate throws a right hand and ducks for a double leg, hoists Reneau up—who blatantly grabs the fence—and gets the takedown. Midway point of the round sees Tate in half guard while Reneau is working towards a kimura. Body shot lands from Tate as Reneau gets warned about having her toes in the fence. Tate gets up to her feet, lands a leg kick, then hops back into Reneau’s half guard and lands an elbow, followed by some hammer fists. Another hard elbow from Tate bloodies the nose of Reneau with under a minute to go. The ground and pound continues from Tate who ends up back to her feet for a moment before ending the second on top of Reneau.
Round 3: Tate is five minutes away from picking up her first win since submitting Holly Holm at UFC 196 to become the bantamweight champion. Tate immediately uses her strikes to get into a double leg and gets another takedown. Reneau trying to advance position but Tate is able to get the advantage, almost in full mount landing short left hands over and over again. Tate now in full mount unloading with ground and pound. Mark Smith has seen enough and the comeback is complete. Tate becomes the first fighter to finish Reneau in the process.
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17 July, 2021 - 11:20pm
Competing for the first time since 2016, Tate (19-7) dominated Marion Reneau in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas. The former champion, and mother of two, finished Reneau (9-8-1) via TKO at 1:53 of the third round. It marks her first victory since she won the 135-pound title in March 2016.
Tate, 34, retired after back-to-back losses to Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington in 2016. She announced her intention to return somewhat abruptly earlier this year, but looked very much like an active fighter on Saturday. She won every round and became the first woman to ever finish Reneau in a professional fight.
Fighting out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Tate felt out her range early in the bout. She looked to establish the right hand behind the jab, and ended up securing a takedown midway through the round after bullying her way forward. Her ground game came up big again in the second round, as she took Reneau down and landed ground and pound.
The finish came after Tate forced her way to the inside and took Reneau down again early in the third. She eventually moved her way into a back mount, flattened Reneau out and drew the referee in with repeated blows to the side of Reneau's head. It is her first win by knockout since October 2009, and her first ever in the UFC.
Immediately after the bout, Reneau officially retired from the sport. The California native had made it known ahead of time this would be her final fight. Tate will likely jump right into higher profile fights in the wide open bantamweight division. The champion, Nunes, is scheduled to defend her title against Julianna Pena next month.