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Miesha Tate looks back as she celebrates 10 years as an MMA fighter

Miesha Tate has gone through a number of ups and downs before she finally got her longtime dream of becoming a world champion.

She got the belt just in time for her 10th year anniversary as a professional MMA fighter. With a sense of nostalgia Tate reflects on the past decade of her journey as an athlete.

She wrote on her Instagram:

“10 years ago today I began my journey in MMA. I lost my first fight due to getting my nose smashed clean in. I kept fighting through it until the round was over as you can see in the photo. Although I wanted to I was not allowed to continue for round three. I was disappointed in myself and I knew I could do better.”

Miesha recalls how different women’s MMA then from what it is now, and what kept her going despite all her struggles.

“There was no future in WMMA then, no money and no opportunity. I just had love and passion. As soon as my nose was healed I was straight back in the gym to prove I could be better.”

“I won 6 fights in a row. I fought in a tournament for my pro debut, beat Jan Finney, lost to Kaitlin Young via KO in the same night. I was heartbroken, but determined. I got back into the gym. Won my first fight in Strikeforce against Elaina Maxwell and went on a 5 fight win streak. Lost to Kaufman. kept fighting, won 5 fights. I captured the Strikeforce Title against Marloes Coenan. Lost it to Ronda Rousey. Won against Julie Kedzie. Lost my debut in the UFC to Cat Zingano. I was devastated. I got back into the gym. I fought Ronda again, lost. I was absolutely crushed. I got back into the gym. I won 4 fights in the UFC. I stayed in the gym. On March 5th, nearly 10 years later I won the UFC world title. I am back in the gym. I am happy. It’s been a long journey with many obstacles, but I stayed the course, I stayed true to my heart and my passion. Thank you to everyone who has been on this long journey with me namely @BryanCaraway who has been there through all of this.”

Miesha Tate’s journey sends a strong message to everyone struggling to fulfill their dreams. After 10 years of hard work, ‘Cupcake’ has finally proven to herself and to the whole world that she is worthy of being called a champion.

10 years ago today I began my journey in MMA. I lost my first fight due to getting my nose smashed clean in. I kept fighting through it until the round was over as you can see in the photo. Although I wanted to I was not allowed to continue for round three. I was disappointed in myself and I knew I could do better. There was no future in WMMA then, no money and no opportunity. I just had love and passion. As soon as my nose was healed I was straight back in the gym to prove I could be better. I won 6 fights in a row. I fought in a tournament for my pro debut, beat Jan Finney, lost to Kaitlin Young via KO in the same night. I was heartbroken, but determined. I got back into the gym. Won my first fight in Strikeforce against Elaina Maxwell and went on a 5 fight win streak. Lost to Kaufman. kept fighting, won 5 fights. I captured the Strikeforce Title against Marloes Coenan. Lost it to Ronda Rousey. Won against Julie Kedzie. Lost my debut in the UFC to Cat Zingano. I was devastated. I got back into the gym. I fought Ronda again, lost. I was absolutely crushed. I got back into the gym. I won 4 fights in the UFC. I stayed in the gym. On March 5th, nearly 10 years later I won the UFC world title. I am back in the gym. I am happy. It's been a long journey with many obstacles, but I stayed the course, I stayed true to my heart and my passion. Thank you to everyone who has been on this long journey with me namely @BryanCaraway who has been there through all of this.

A photo posted by Miesha Tate (@mieshatate) on

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