Miesha Tate Plans To Step Away From MMA For Up To One Year

    Former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champ Miesha Tate announced on this week’s edition of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani that she plans to take six months to a year away from MMA, in an effort to rediscover her passion for the sport.

    Tate, 26, is coming off a fight of the night performance against Julie Kedzie at the “Strikeforce on Showtime: Rousey vs Kaufman” event on Aug. 18, but she admits to not having the same fire and intensity that fueled her in past fights.

    “I felt out of my element, I didn’t feel normal in there whatsoever,” Tate said of the fight.  “It was very strange.  It was not a feeling I enjoyed and not something I want to experience again.  I don’t really know what my next step is here.”

    Tate, who is currently ranked by MMARising.com as the No. 6 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, is arguably in her fighting prime at age 26, but she plans to take a step back to rediscover her love of the game.

    “I absolutely want to fight Ronda Rousey twice, but at this point, you know, mentally and emotionally, I’m not right,” she said.  “I shouldn’t be getting into the cage if I’m not going into it wholeheartedly for this fight.  It’s hard for me to admit that, but that’s the honest truth.  I didn’t feel like it for this fight like I did for other fights.”