A former Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight champion, Tate is known for her grapping ability, athleticism and determination. Her legendary rivalry with Rousey, which began with their March 2012 Strikeforce fight, is one of the most infamous in UFC history and in today’s sports world, credited by UFC President Dana White with bringing women’s MMA to the UFC and piquing national interest.
The 5’6” Tate gained an enormous fan following during her 2013 stint on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate on FS1, a reality MMA show pitting two teams of male and female bantamweight fighters living and training together as they vied for the “The Ultimate Fighter” title and a lucrative UFC contract. Rousey and Tate served as the first-ever female coaches and mentors for the show, which welcomed female fighters to the series and the UFC house for the first time since its inception in 2005. Tate and Rousey’s legendary rivalry was showcased throughout the series and garnered national attention. At the conclusion of the season, Rousey and Tate faced off for the women’s bantamweight title, with Rousey defeating Tate via submission (armbar).
Training out of Las Vegas, the woman nicknamed “Cupcake” for her love of the sweet treat has fought professionally since 2007. Tate holds a 18-5-0 record in her professional MMA career and a 5-2-0 UFC record.