Julianna Peña Is Down For Meisha Tate’s Plan to Both hold UFC Titles

Julianna Peña likes Miesha Tate’s idea of them both holding UFC titles.

Julianna Peña and Miesha Tate are good friends so wouldn’t them both holding UFC titles at the same time be great? That is the idea that Tate has for the future. She has decid…

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Julianna Peña likes Miesha Tate’s idea of them both holding UFC titles.

Julianna Peña and Miesha Tate are good friends so wouldn’t them both holding UFC titles at the same time be great? That is the idea that Tate has for the future. She has decided to make the move down to flyweight in order to pursue a championship without attempting to dethrone her friend and former training partner. Upon hearing this idea, the bantamweight champ has to agree.

“I think that that’s great,” Peña told MMA Fighting. “If Miesha, (who) I do believe will find a ton of success at 125 and can fight for the belt at 125, I think there would be nothing better, especially for the UFC and for the sport, and particularly for the state of Washington to have two Washington champions at 125 and 135. That’s the plan.”

Tate decided to return to the UFC following a four-year retirement. As a former champion, Tate was looking to regain her belt in the bantamweight division. However, her path was stalled when she lost to Ketlen Vieira in November. At that time it was Peña who got the title shot. She defeated Amanda Nunes in December and will now be the one to beat at 135 pounds.

Because of their close relationship, Tate would rather take her shot at cutting weight and fighting at 125 pounds instead of waiting around. She has her first test at flyweight when she takes on Lauren Murphy in May at UFC Fight Night 209.

If she can get past Murphy, who is sitting in the #3 spot in the rankings, she might be next for champion Valentina Shevchenko. The only two fighters ahead of Murphy on the official rankings are Katlyn Chookagian who is no longer signed with the UFC and Jéssica Andrade, who is making a move back to strawweight.

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Miesha Tate Plots FW/BW Takeover Along With Julianna Peña

Miesha Tate wants to hold a UFC belt right next to her friend Julianna Peña.

Miesha Tate is the former bantamweight champion. She is now looking to add another championship to her résumé but this time at flyweight. She recently decided to make the …

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Miesha Tate wants to hold a UFC belt right next to her friend Julianna Peña.

Miesha Tate is the former bantamweight champion. She is now looking to add another championship to her résumé but this time at flyweight. She recently decided to make the move down to 125 pounds mainly so she would not have to face her friend, newly crowned bantamweight champion Julianna Peña.

Tate and Peña go way back to before Peña was in the UFC. They trained together and then Tate had the chance to coach Peña on The Ultimate Fighter. Now that Peña is holding the strap at 135 pounds, Tate doesn’t want to be the one to take it away.

“Another reason, although I know I’m a little bit away from getting a potential title shot, but with Julie being crowned the champion at 135 also, I would just prefer if we could be champions at the same time together and Pacific Northwest Takeover,” she said on The MMA Hour.

Not wanting to dethrone her friend was not the only reason Tate gave for this move. After suffering her first loss since returning from retirement, Tate feels she will be able to perform better at flyweight. After five years away from the UFC, Tate made her comeback last year. Physically, she seemed to be in better shape than ever. She appeared leaner and perhaps this led to the decision to drop down the additional ten pounds.

Tate already has her flyweight debut all set. She will be taking on Lauren Murphy at the UFC Fight Night event on May 14. Murphy is a longtime contender at 125 pounds. She is coming off a title shot loss to champion Valentina Shevchenko, which was her first loss in three years. Murphy is currently ranked third in the division. If Tate can get past her, she might find herself pretty close to a title shot.

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Tate Reflects On How Her Cornering Impacted Vieira Fight Outcome

Miesha Tate has reflected on her recent UFC main event loss and has some thoughts on what could have been done differently.

In 2021, Tate made her return from retirement to compete in MMA. The former UFC bantamweight champion won her first fight ag…

Miesha Tate, Ketlen Vieira

Miesha Tate has reflected on her recent UFC main event loss and has some thoughts on what could have been done differently.

In 2021, Tate made her return from retirement to compete in MMA. The former UFC bantamweight champion won her first fight against Marion Reneau but later lost a main event fight to Ketlen Vieira in November 2021.

Looking back on the fight, Tate feels she never showed urgency despite being down on scorecards against Vieira. Here’s what Tate said about the fight during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour:

“I think what ended up happening is that the corner was very chill and I stayed very chill the whole fight. I kinda didn’t get that feedback of like, ‘Hey, now’s the time to go.’ And it’s just tough. It was a tough dynamic,” she said. “It was a learning situation. I look at that fight as a bit of a sophomore slump. If it was any fight that I was gonna lose in my comeback, that was the fight to lose.”

Tate will get the chance to return to the win column later this year. She is set to move down to flyweight, meeting Lauren Murphy on May 14th.

Tate is already a decorated MMA fighter that had a title reign in the UFC. She most notably earned UFC’s 135-pound belt in 2016, securing a fifth-round rear-naked choke submission win against Holly Holm.

She lost the belt in her next appearance, dropping it to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. Nunes would go on to hold the belt until late 2021.

Do you agree with Miesha Tate’s assessment of her loss to Ketlen Vieira?

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Miesha Tate Backtracks On OnlyFans Comments, Gets Support From Kendra Lust

Miesha TateMiesha Tate recently found herself in hot water after saying she would never join OnlyFans because she is not “desperate.” The former UFC & Strikeforce bantamweight champion seemed to be implying the people on the site, some of them fellow fighters, are “desperate” and it hasn’t gone down well at all. ‘Cupcake’ has now attempted […]

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Miesha Tate recently found herself in hot water after saying she would never join OnlyFans because she is not “desperate.”

The former UFC & Strikeforce bantamweight champion seemed to be implying the people on the site, some of them fellow fighters, are “desperate” and it hasn’t gone down well at all.

‘Cupcake’ has now attempted to clarify her OnlyFans comments and claimed they were made in jest. The WMMA pioneer claims to have friends on the platform and insists she would never intentionally disrespect them or anyone else using the site.

“I was being harassed and responded jokingly, this is being taken way out of context. I support women doing whatever they want to,” Tate wrote on Twitter.

As angry messages kept flooding in Tate did her best to rectify the situation.

“Ladies this was taken way out of context, I had a some fans harassing me insinuating I needed to start an only fans,” Tate said in response to a woman claiming to be disgusted by her comments. “I responded jokingly, this was not a statement I made about other women. I appreciate we can all have our own choices and I support women 100%

Ultimately, Tate issued an apology for her comments and clarified they were not representative of how she feels about OnlyFans or people who work in the adult film industry.

“That’s fair and I am truly sorry I have friends the industry and I support that 100%,” Tate wrote. “In no way shape or form was it my intention to put anyone down, I am only human I let someone make me mad and what I said to them was not a rep of how I feel about this as a whole.”

Miesha Tate Receives The Support Of Pornstar Kendra Lust

Tate’s friend, who happens to be a world-renowned pornstar, leaped to her defence and insisted ‘Cupcake’ would never intentionally put down other women.

“I know Miesha she is a friend,” Kendra Lust wrote. “i know how she said it came off .. but i know thats not how she meant it. She has supported me always. I believe her Miesha is one the sweetest that would never intentionally put down other women for there career choices because its adult”

Do you think Miesha Tate’s OnlyFans comments were out of line?

Tate Clarifies OnlyFans Remarks, Gets Support From Adult Film Star

Ranked UFC women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate has clarified the controversial remarks she made about the OnlyFans platform.

Tate, a former 135-pound champion in the world’s premier MMA promotion, sparked widespread outrage after she appeare…

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Ranked UFC women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate has clarified the controversial remarks she made about the OnlyFans platform.

Tate, a former 135-pound champion in the world’s premier MMA promotion, sparked widespread outrage after she appeared to describe a career on the notoriously NSFW platform as “desperate.”

“Cupcake,” who returned to the Octagon after a five-year period in retirement last summer, was last in action in the main event of UFC Vegas 43 last November. Her attempted surge back to the title was stalled at the hands of Ketlen Vieira, who took home a unanimous decision win.

In a YouTube video earlier this month, Tate answered questions surrounding her future in 2022 having fallen to defeat last time out. While she hinted at a drop to flyweight, a move that was later confirmed with the announcement of a May clash with Lauren Murphy, the 35-year-old shut down a potential venture onto OnlyFans, claiming she hadn’t said she was “desperate.”

The comment led to widespread outrage, with many suggesting Tate believed the likes of Paige VanZant, Jéssica Andrade, and Kay Hansen were desperate in their decisions to join the platform or create their own exclusive NSFW sites.

Having been slammed on social media, Tate has now attempted to clarify her stance. In one response to a user who suggested a level of hypocrisy existed in her statements, Tate said her words had been taken out of context.

“I was being harassed and responded jokingly, this is being taken wa out of context. I support women doing whatever they want to.”

In response to an adult content creator who was “disgusted” by Tate’s remarks, and even suggested she should be “canceled,” the former UFC titleholder claimed her statement was said as a joke and insisted she fully supports all women and their respective career choices.

“Ladies this was taken way out of context, I had a some fans harassing me insinuating I needed to start an only fans. I responded jokingly, this was not a statement I made about other women. I appreciate we can all have our own choices and I support women 100%”

After that response didn’t do much to change the opinion of those she was interacting with, Tate apologized and reminded them that she has friends in the industry, and had simply made a mistake.

“That’s fair and I am truly sorry I have friends the industry and I support that 100%. In no way shape or form was it my intention to put anyone down, I am only human I let someone make me mad and what I said to them was not a rep of how I feel about this as a whole”

Tate Gets Support From A Friend In The Industry

Fortunately for Tate, she wasn’t a one-woman army. In her corner was pornographic actress and Only Fans account owner Kendra Lust. Backing up her friend, Lust said that while she realizes how the comments look, she knows that Tate didn’t intend to offend.

“I know Miesha she is a friend .. I know she said it came off .. but I know that’s not how she meant it. She has supported me always. I believe her Miesha is one the sweetest that would never intentionally put down other women for there career choices because its adult”

Tate will hope for this controversy to blow over in the coming weeks as she begins preparation for her flyweight debut. In her attempt to rebound from defeat, she’ll collide with Murphy, whose last outing saw her dominated and finished by 125-pound queen Valentina Shevchenko.

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Tate Moves To Flyweight vs. Murphy In Targeted UFC 273 Bout

Miesha Tate could drop down a division for her next fight, as she is being set up to face Lauren Murphy at UFC 273.

Reports surfaced Monday that Tate and Murphy could meet at UFC’s April 9th pay-per-view event. The fight has reportedly been verball…

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Miesha Tate could drop down a division for her next fight, as she is being set up to face Lauren Murphy at UFC 273.

Reports surfaced Monday that Tate and Murphy could meet at UFC’s April 9th pay-per-view event. The fight has reportedly been verbally agreed upon by both parties, but contracts have not been signed yet. News of the fight was first reported by Damon Martin of MMA Fighting.

The potential fight gives Tate, a former champ at bantamweight, a chance to make her debut down a weight class.

Tate came out of retirement last year, competing for the first time in nearly five years. She won in her return, defeating Marion Reneau in the third round of a July bout. Tate was later booked in a main event bout against Ketlen Vieira. She did not succeed in that appearance, losing via unanimous decision after 25 minutes of action.

All of Tate’s major fights as a pro have come at bantamweight. She was the 135-pound champ in 2016, securing a fifth-round submission win over Holly Holm to take the belt. She dropped the title later that year, as she was submitted by Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. Nunes went on to hold the belt for numerous years before recently dropping it to Julianna Peña.

Murphy Coming Off Title Fight

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Lauren Murphy (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The booking offers Murphy the opportunity to bounce back from a high-profile loss.

Murphy challenged UFC Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko in September, a fight that resulted in a fourth-round finish victory for the champ. The title fight was given to Murphy after a strong climb up the flyweight division, attaining five consecutive wins from 2019 to 2021.

Coincidentally, Murphy is a former bantamweight who made the drop down a weight class after she fought her fourth UFC bout in 2016. She has remained at flyweight since 2017.

How do you think Miesha Tate could do down at flyweight? And what do you think of Tate facing Lauren Murphy?

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