After falling short at UFC Long Island, what’s next for Miesha Tate?

This past Saturday kicking off the main card of UFC Long Island was a women’s flyweight contest. Former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (19-9) was making her flyweight debut as she was taking on former title challenger Lauren Murphy (16-5).

This was a big test for Tate who was going right towards the top of the flyweight division. Given the lack of fresh challengers for UFC champion Valentina Shevchenko, it was thought that Tate would get a title shot with a victory.

It was the second straight fight where Tate had a title fight on the line. Had she defeated Ketlen Vieira in her last bantamweight fight, she would’ve likely gone right into a title shot rather that be at 135 or 125.

Tate looked great after the weight cut and she didn’t seem to have any issues making 125. However, her performance was not strong at UFC Long Island. All night long, Tate looked like she was struggling to pull the trigger on the feet.

She wasn’t able to get Murphy down with her wrestling and she was really struggling with the speed. Murphy was piecing her up all night and the result was a rather lopsided decision loss which marked the second straight defeat for Miesha Tate.

What’s next after UFC Long Island?

This is a really tough loss for Tate because as mentioned, she would’ve had a title shot with a victory. She looked slow and really struggled throwing shots on Saturday. However, maybe we can just chalk that up to getting used to the new weight class.

Now that she’s made the cut and the walk at 125, what’s next for the former UFC champion? Well, I think she should get a top ten opponent, but someone more on the back-end of the top ten.

Someone with name recognition and a tie to Valentina Shevchenko. I think the UFC should book her against former title challenger Jennifer Maia. Maia is 1-2 since fighting for the title including back-to-back losses.

She’s ranked just inside the top ten and would be a good challenge for Tate. If Tate could defeat Maia and look good doing it, she would only be a win or two away from getting another crack at UFC gold.

Lauren Murphy spoils Miesha Tate’s flyweight debut at UFC Long Island

Lauren Murphy, UFC

Kicking off the main card of UFC Long Island, we saw a fascinating matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (19-8) was dropping to 125 for the first time to take on former title challenger “Lucky” Lauren Murphy (15-5).

The last time we saw Tate was at a UFC Fight Night in November when she took on Ketlen Vieira. In that fight, she was hoping to earn a bantamweight title shot, but she lost by decision. That combined with her close friend Julianna Pena winning the bantamweight title made her move to 125. With a win, Tate would likely get a shot at Valentina Shevchenko.

Speaking of taking on Valentina Shevchenko, that’s what Lauren Murphy did in her last fight at UFC 266. Now, Murphy claims that she was dealing with an illness leading up to that fight that should’ve caused her to pull out. However, she went through with the fight.

It went about as you expected and Murphy was demolished getting stopped in the fourth round. The loss snapped a five-fight winning streak and she was hoping to come back with a statement win against Miesha Tate.

UFC Long Island Recap

Round 1

The UFC flyweight contest kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Murphy immediately takes the center and Tate circles on the outside. Nice jab from Lauren Murphy and Tate engages the clinch. Tate lands a nice right hand and a body kick.

Big combination from Murphy and she defends a takedown attempt. Flush knee from Murphy and a right hand over the top lands for Murphy. Big 1-2 lands for Miesha Tate and that got Murphy’s attention.

Stiff jabs landing now for Tate. Another jab from Tate and Murphy lands a right hand over the top. Low kick from Tate and Murphy lands a jab. Murphy shoots for a takedown and is deep on a double leg. However, Tate is defending well.

They are clinched against the fence and Tate gets the better of the position. Brief throw from Tate but Murphy gets right back up. Nice right hands in the clinch from Tate. Both fighters exchanging the better of the position.

Tate shoots for another takedown but can’t get it. They break with twenty seconds left. Both exchange right hands and the round comes to a close. Should be 1-0 Murphy at UFC Long Island.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC Long Island and this is a very competitive fight through one. Tate immediately takes the center to start the second round. Nice right hand lands for Tate to start the striking and Murphy answers with a jab.

Stiff jab from Murphy and Tate answers with a big combination. Another big right hand lands for Tate. Both exchange jabs and Murphy shoots for a takedown and gets a double leg. Tate works back to the fence and gets up but eats a few big shots.

Huge elbow from Murphy and they break. Tate has to get going here. Heavy Tate pressure and she lands a combination. Both exchange jabs that snap their heads back. Clinch engaged by Tate but Murphy gets the better of the position.

Another big elbow from Murphy on the break. 1-2 lands for Tate. Murphy gets deep on a double leg again but Tate shrugs her off. Tate shoots and eats a big uppercut. Murphy pushed back up against the fence. Big shoulder strike from Tate in the clinch.

The former UFC champion is doing decent work here but it’s not enough right now. Murphy reverses the position but eats a huge elbow from Tate. Round comes to a close and it should be 2-0 Lauren Murphy.

Round 3

Entering the final round at UFC Long Island and no question Miesha Tate needs a finish here. Murphy comes out quick to start the final round. They exchange jabs in the center and Tate lands a low kick. Again they trade jabs.

These two just continue to trade jabs. Tate shoots in for a takedown but Murphy reverses the position and gets on top briefly. They get back up and Murphy lands several clean shots. Big right hand over the top from Lauren Murphy.

Miesha Tate is wearing it here in the final round. Halfway through the final round and Tate needs a miracle. They clinch and Murphy lands two really good knees and then an elbow on the break. Tate’s face is a mess here.

A very stiff jab lands for Murphy. Tate lands a big combination that forces Murphy to shoot but Tate stays standing. Big knee to the body from Tate. Tate separates and there’s under a minute to go. Jab from Tate and she’s trying to work her way in.

Nothing big lands except for a few shots from Murphy in the final seconds. Should be a clean sweep of the scorecards for her at UFC Long Island.

Lauren Murphy def. Miesha Tate by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

UFC Long Island Preview: Miesha Tate – Lauren Murphy

Miesha Tate

Tomorrow on the main card of UFC Long Island, we are going to see a very fascinating matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (19-8) will be dropping down to 125 for the first time to take on former title challenger “Lucky” Lauren Murphy (15-5).

The last time we saw Tate was at a UFC Fight Night in November when she took on Ketlen Vieira. In that fight, she was hoping to earn a bantamweight title shot, but she lost by decision. That combined with her close friend Julianna Pena winning the bantamweight title made her move to 125.

She’s going right towards the top of the division at UFC Long Island and once again finds herself in a good spot. If she wins tomorrow, she’s likely going to be the next one to take on the undisputed queen Valentina Shevchenko.

Speaking of taking on Valentina Shevchenko, that’s what Lauren Murphy did in her last fight at UFC 266. Now, Murphy claims that she was dealing with an illness leading up to that fight that should’ve caused her to pull out. However, she went through with the fight.

It went about as you expected and Murphy was demolished getting stopped in the fourth round. The loss snapped a five-fight winning streak and she’s hoping to come back with a statement win tomorrow against Miesha Tate.

UFC Long Island Prediction

This fight is going to be so interesting in that both fighters are very similar. Miesha Tate and Lauren Murphy both use their volume in their striking and both utilize their wrestling to have success inside the octagon.

The real question is, who is better at those strengths and we fill find that out at UFC Long Island. I think the volume of striking is a wash, but I would give the power advantage to Miesha Tate. Granted, we will have to see how she looks at 125.

I would also give Tate the advantage in wrestling, but once again, a lot will depend on how she looks. For UFC Long Island, I’m going to assume she’s at her peak and I’m going to assume that Lauren Murphy is at her peak.

If both show up at their best, I think Miesha Tate wins a decision. I just think she’s better wherever the fight goes and I think she’ll show that and earn a title shot tomorrow night.

Prediction: Miesha Tate by Decision

Miesha Tate – Lauren Murphy moved to UFC Long Island after Covid delay

Miesha Tate

Today it was announced that the upcoming flyweight contest between Miesha Tate (19-8) and Lauren Murphy (15-5) has been moved to UFC Long Island on July 16th. Originally, the fight was supposed to take place this weekend at UFC 276.

This past weekend during the UFC Vegas 57 broadcast, the broadcast team announced the fight was off. While reasons were not given at the time, we’ve since learned that Murphy had a Covid issue that caused the fight to be pushed back.

The UFC kicked the tires on finding a replacement opponent for Tate who will be making her flyweight debut. They were not sure if she would be willing to move the fight back a couple of weeks given the potential strain on her weight cut.

However, Tate did agree to the new date and now the fight is officially moved back to UFC Long Island. For Lauren Murphy, she’s going to be looking to pick up one of the biggest wins of her career on the heels of losing to Valentina Shevchenko in a title fight at UFC 266 last September.

UFC flyweight debut for Miesha Tate

After years away from fighting, Miesha Tate made her return to the UFC last year. She won her return bout and then was booked in a main event against Ketlen Vieira. Ultimately, Tate fell short in that main event. Had Tate won, she was looking at being on the short-list of UFC title contenders at 135 pounds.

In addition to losing that fight against Vieira, something else happened which altered Tate’s path. Julianna Pena, who is a very close friend, shocked the world and became the bantamweight champion. After this happened at UFC 269, Tate mentioned that she might move down to 125 pounds. 

Given how Valentina Shevchenko has run through the flyweight division, Tate could be fast-tracked towards the title. If she’s able to defeat Lauren Murphy in a few weeks, she’s going to get a shot at the UFC flyweight title.

If somehow Tate can pull it off, she would become just the second woman in history to win a belt in two weight classes in the UFC. However, that’s a long ways away and she’s got to get through the tough and durable Lauren Murphy first.

After UFC 275, Miesha Tate sees clear path to victory over Valentina Shevchenko

Miesha Tate

This past weekend at UFC 275, the flyweight title was on the line. Pound-for-pound great Valentina Shevchenko (23-3) was looking to successfully defend her title for the seventh time as she took on Brazil’s Taila Santos (19-2).

Most people, including myself, thought that Shevchenko would run through Santos. I mean, in her flyweight career, Shevchenko has really only lost a single round which is absolutely incredible.

However, her title defense at UFC 275 was not easy. In fact, you could argue that she lost the first three rounds of the fight. Santos was able to take advantage of Shevchenko in the grappling. Whenever the two ended up in a grappling exchange, Santos seemed to get the better positions.

In fact, there were numerous times that she got the champ’s back. Now, she didn’t do much damage at UFC 275 which ultimately cost her, but a path to victory was clearly carved out. One person who was really taking note of that is former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (19-8).

Miesha Tate sees vulnerability in the UFC champ

Miesha Tate will make her flyweight debut at UFC 276 in just a few weeks. She will be taking on former flyweight title challenger Lauren Murphy. Given the lack of compelling challengers at 125, Tate is likely going to earn a title shot if she wins.

Even Valentina Shevchenko acknowledged this past weekend that her next title defense will likely be against Tate should she win at UFC 276. Of course, Lauren Murphy will look to play spoiler, but Tate is already licking her chops to fight the champion.

Tate appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour yesterday and talked about what she saw at UFC 275. She said, “We already know what happens when people strike with Valentina… She’s absolutely dangerous on her feet, but, what happens (when she’s forced to wrestle)?”

The former bantamweight champion would go on to say that she’s licking her chops to fight Shevchenko. Valentina Shevchenko is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC for a reason. However, Tate does have a point.

This is not the second time we’ve seen an opponent have a success in the grappling against Shevchenko. We all know that Tate would force the wrestling in that matchup. While I would certainly not pick against Shevchenko against anyone, it is easier to see a path to her losing after UFC 275.

If a flyweight can really wrestle her and control her for the majority of the fight, it could lead to some troubles. Of course, many have tried and only a few have succeeded. Could Miesha Tate succeed and capture another UFC title? We might find out at the end of the year.

What’s next for Valentina Shevchenko after retaining at UFC 275?

This past weekend in the co-main event of UFC 275, the best pound-for-pound female fighter in the world was tested. Valentina Shevchenko (23-3) defended her title against Taila Santos (19-2) in a fight that ended up being much closer than expected.

Heading into UFC 275, basically nobody gave Taila Santos a chance. The UFC talked her up as a challenger, but we’ve heard this before with Shevchenko’s opponents. Every time the promotion talks up a challenger, Shevchenko runs through them.

Taila Santos ended up being different. In the first round, Shevchenko was having her way with the striking and then the two ended up in a clinch. Shevchenko went for a throw, but Santos had a strong base and Shevchenko ended up on the bottom.

Santos was able to get her back and she did that a few times at UFC 275. Throughout the first three rounds, Santos was able to get top position on the ground. While she had some control time, she really wasn’t doing any damage and that would come back to bite her.

The fourth and fifth rounds were all Shevchenko as they took place on the feet. In the end, the judges were split at UFC 275. Two of the judges gave the fight to Shevchenko and she retained her title.

What’s next after UFC 275?

Make no mistake about it, Valentina Shevchenko was tested more than we’ve ever seen her tested at flyweight. While folks would rush to praise Santos, and in part they should, it’s worth noting that the closeness of the fight in my opinion was due to Shevchenko’s stubbornness.

What makes Shevchenko so special is she always tries to beat her opponents at their strength. See her title defense against Jessica Andrade. If you’re known as a striker, she wants to strike. If you’re known as a grappler, she wants to grapple. Shevchenko’s UFC title run has shown her dominating opponents in their arena.

Shevchenko is great in terms of her grappling, but she was outgrappled Saturday night. She kept going to the well with grappling and it didn’t work well. If she would’ve just kept the fight at distance like she did in four and five, she would have won a lopsided decision.

That being said, what’s next after UFC 275? Some have called for an immediate rematch, but I don’t see it. Personally, I think we should look to the Miesha Tate – Lauren Murphy fight. If Miesha Tate wins that one, my guess is that Tate gets the next shot at the title.

Miesha Tate makes her flyweight debut at UFC 273 against Lauren Murphy

Former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (19-8) is officially dropping down a weight class. MMA Fighting was the first to report this afternoon that the promotion has booked Tate’s flyweight debut and she will be taking on former flyweight title challenger “Lucky” Lauren Murphy (15-5).

The fight will take place on April 9th at UFC 273. For Lauren Murphy, this is a massive fight coming off of her title loss late in the year. Back in September at UFC 266, Lauren Murphy got the flyweight title fight that she had worked so hard for. Murphy got her shot against Valentina Shevchenko.

This title shot came on the heels of a five-fight winning streak. Murphy had a lot of belief in herself leading up to the fight but fell short just like everyone else has in the flyweight division. She was stopped in the fourth round by the UFC champion and was sent back the drawing board.

However, Murphy isn’t falling far with this next booking. In fact, this is a perfect bounce back opportunity. If Murphy can spoil the UFC flyweight debut of Miesha Tate, she will be right back in the title picture.

Former UFC champion makes flyweight debut

After years away from fighting, Miesha Tate made her return to the UFC last year. She won her return bout and then was booked in a main event against Ketlen Vieira. Ultimately, Tate fell short in that main event. Had Tate won, she was looking at being on the short-list of UFC title contenders at 135 pounds.

In addition to losing that fight against Vieira, something else happened which altered Tate’s path. Julianna Pena, who is a very close friend, shocked the world and became the bantamweight champion. After this happened at UFC 269, Tate mentioned that she might move down to 125 pounds. 

Just weeks later, we get this announcement. Given how Valentina Shevchenko has run through the flyweight division, Tate could be fast-tracked towards the title. If she’s able to defeat Lauren Murphy in April, she’s going to get a shot at the UFC flyweight title.

If somehow Tate can pull it off, she would become just the second woman in history to win a belt in two weight classes in the UFC. However, that’s a long ways away and she’s got to get through the tough and durable Lauren Murphy first.

UFC: Could Miesha Tate become a factor in the flyweight division?

We are nearly a couple of weeks removed from UFC 269 where we witnessed one of the greatest upsets in MMA history. Julianna Pena (11-4) shocked the world when she defeated Amanda Nunes (21-5) to become the UFC bantamweight champion.

One person who was not surprised by the outcome was fellow UFC bantamweight and former champion Miesha Tate (19-8). Tate is a close friend of Pena’s and coached her on The Ultimate Fighter. For week’s Tate was telling anyone who would listen that Pena had a real shot to do the unthinkable.

That said, many chalked it up to bias. Now, Tate can sit around telling everyone that she told us so. Tate is in the middle of her comeback which she started this past year. The former UFC champion took some time away from the sport and resumed competing in 2021.

She’s gone 1-1 this year and she’s coming off of a loss to Ketlen Vieira. Tate believes that she’s only a win or two away from being a factor in the title picture at 135 pounds. However, Pena being the champion does make things a bit cloudy and she told that to MMA Junkie last week.

Will she challenge the UFC’s flyweight queen?

Tate told MMA Junkie that she would have to figure out what to do if she got to a title shot if Pena was still the champion. One thing she mentioned is the fact that both herself and Pena could drop an extra ten pounds to make 125. Valentina Shevchenko (22-3) reigns supreme over the UFC’s flyweight division.

Shevchenko has completely cleared out the flyweight division. It’s hard to even think of compelling matchups at this point because every top contender that’s in the division has already lost to Shevchenko in dominating fashion. That’s why there was talk of Shevchenko potentially moving up to 135 for a champion-champion fight with Nunes.

To me, the champion-champion is still there regardless of who wins between Pena and Nunes in their rematch. Shevchenko also has history with Pena as she submitted Pena a few years back. However, Tate’s potential move to the UFC’s flyweight division could make things interesting.

I was shocked when I heard Tate say that she could make 125. When she initially made her comeback, there was preliminary talk of her staying at 145 pounds but that was quickly scrapped. Now, the thought is there to drop all the way to flyweight.

I’ll tell you this, if she does make the drop, she’s right there for the title. Shevchenko needs new challengers and Tate could provide that. Tate’s size and grappling skills could also poise a unique challenge to the queen. This is definitely going to be a storyline to watch for this year.

What’s next for Miesha Tate after UFC Vegas 43?

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 43, Miesha Tate (19-8) fought for the second time since making her return. Standing in her way was top ten contender Ketlen Vieira (12-2).

Tate made headlines the week of the fight with her comments about UFC champion Amanda Nunes. Nunes of course defeated Tate to win her first title back at UFC 200 when she brutalized ‘Cupcake’.

Tate has pointed to the fact that she wasn’t in the right headspace at that time in her career. However, she believed she was the best version of herself entering Saturday night and she said she was going to be the one to take Nunes out. 

However, before she could do that, she had to take out Vieira. Tate fought extremely aggressively on Saturday which is normally how she fights. However, she didn’t find the same success as she did when she returned earlier this year.

Vieira was very crisp with catching Tate as she came in. The former UFC champion looked bloodied and battered after the five-round fight. In the end, the judges gave the decision win to Vieira.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 43?

Now that Tate has suffered a setback, it’s time for her to reset. Had she won on Saturday, she might’ve been looking at a UFC title shot given her popularity in the sport and the lack of appealing challengers to Nunes.

However, Tate has to go back to the drawing board after this loss. She could be out for a while with a medical suspension potentially keeping her out up to six months with facial fractures from the fight.

When Tate does return, who should the UFC pair her against? Well, some have suggested that the promotion should pair her against Holly Holm (14-5) for a rematch. These two first fought back at UFC 196 when Holm was champion.

Tate rallied and choked out Holm in the final round to become champion. While this might be appealing, I’m not sure it makes a ton of sense given the fight that Tate just had. However, I wouldn’t put it past the UFC.

Another potential fight could be the loser of the Raquel Pennington – Julia Avila fight. The loser of that fight would be in a similar position as Tate and it would be a good fight for her either way.

After big win at UFC Vegas 43, what’s next for Ketlen Vieira?

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 43, Ketlen Vieira (12-2) was taking on Miesha Tate (19-8). Of course, all eyes before the event were on the former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate who had said that she believed she could take out Amanda Nunes.

However, before she could dream of a rematch with the UFC‘s champ-champ, she needed to get by Ketlen Vieira. Vieira was out to prove that she wasn’t a stepping stone and wanted to prove to everyone that she was still a top contender.

Vieira entered the UFC with a perfect 6-0 record. She started her career with the promotion at a perfect 4-0 which included wins over former title challengers Sara McMann and Cat Zingano. However, injuries kept her inactive after her win against Zingano.

When she returned, Vieira was knocked out by Irene Aldana. Overall, Vieira entered UFC Vegas 43 at just 1-2 in three fights since returning. With that, many thought that she was going to lose to Miesha Tate.

However, Vieira was not having any of it. Throughout the first rounds, Vieira evaded Tate and caught her flush with counter after counter. The former champion was badly bloodied by the end of the fight and Ketlen Vieira picked up the decision victory.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 43?

This was a really big win for Vieira who entered the contest ranked seventh in the bantamweight division. With this win, it’s time to take a look at who the UFC should pair her with next. There are a couple of options out there.

One potential fight to watch would be taking on the winner of the Raquel Pennington – Julia Avila fight especially if Pennington wins. Pennington has won two in a row and she ranks just behind Vieira in the UFC’s rankings. Three straight wins could earn her that fight.

Another potential opponent to watch out for is Aspen Ladd. Ladd ranks ahead of Vieira but is coming off of a loss at featherweight. The former top bantamweight contender really struggled attempting to make the 135 pound limit recently and had a fight cancelled as a result.

If she returns to the UFC’s bantamweight division, Vieira could be the opponent that’s waiting for her. Either way, I’m expecting a top ten opponent for Ketlen Vieira next.