Miesha Tate made a triumphant return to the UFC octagon as she became the first fighter to finish Marion Reneau to announce her re-emergence as a contender in the UFC women’s bantamweight division.
Tate let out a primal scream after she finished Reneau via third-round TKO in her first competitive appearance since November 2016.
And, after her victory, “Cupcake” delivered a message to the UFC and the rest of the UFC women’s bantamweight division. She wants her belt back.
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“I’m so happy,” she told Paul Felder after her victory.
“This is has been a lot of hard work, a lot of self-discovery in the process. But I’m here, and I’m back!
“With all due respect, I’m not here for a fight. I’m here for a belt.”
Tate wouldn’t be drawn on who she wants to face next, however, as she said she’d just soak in the experience of her winning return before turning her attention to her next opponent.
“You know what, I was so focused on this Saturday. I just want to absorb this, take it in,” she explained.
“It’s five years in the making for me to just get back in here and be the first person to finish Marion Reneau. I checked a lot of things off the bucket list today.”