Women’s mixed martial arts pioneer and UFC World Champion Miesha Tate from the Evolve Fight Team is greatness personified. When speaking about the pillars of the sport — those who built MMA from the ground up — you can’t miss out on mentioning Tate, who played a major role in bringing women’s MMA to the mainstream.
In 2018, it was announced that Tate would be moving to Singapore to take up a role as an instructor at Evolve MMA as the newest member of the Evolve Fight Team.
Tate had made an earlier visit to Singapore in 2016 to participate in an MMA seminar at Evolve MMA. She was instantly mesmerized by the beautiful country she saw and the world-class talent she would soon be working with.
From there, Tate fell in love with the idea of moving her life to Asia, where she seeks new experiences and opportunities. The World Champion is excited for the challenges to come.
“I had an amazing experience at Evolve,” said Tate. “I respect the fact that the coaches are all World Champions. The level of knowledge available there is limitless.”
Tate, is, of course, one of the most well-known figures in the martial arts industry. Her professional career has been an inspiration to many, especially young girls who look up to her. Throughout Tate’s career, she has faced some of the biggest names in the industry, women such as Ronda Rousey, Liz Carmouche, Rin Nakai, Sara McMann, and Jessica Eye.
In 2016, Tate defeated Holly Holm to capture the UFC Women’s Bantamweight World Title and forever etch her name into history.
However, as much experience as she has had in her competitive career, Tate has never before become a full-time coach. Joining Evolve MMA, this will be Tate’s first time to lend her knowledge and expertise to the next generation of athletes.
“I’ve been teaching here and there throughout my career, but this will be the first time I adopt the position of coach,” said Tate. “I’m very excited to share my knowledge and give all of my abilities to the athletes who will train under me.”
There is a multitude of talent that currently makes up the Evolve Fight Team, who could certainly use Tate’s expertise.
There’s BJJ World Champion Alex Silva, ONE Superstar Amir Khan, and even female talent such as ONE Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, among others.
Having trained with some of the best fighters in the world, in some of the industry’s most prolific gyms, Tate brings with her a unique perspective to training and can offer younger athletes a deep insight into what made her such a breakout star.
For Tate, it’s all about the details.
“I’m calm and precise. I don’t like to over coach but it is important to explain techniques with extreme attention to detail,” said Tate.
“I am a technician, especially on the ground, so I pride myself on communicating details that make or break the move. I promote a positive atmosphere where the egos are left aside. Everyone should come to learn and be humble.”
Bringing Tate over to Singapore to lead the next generation of young martial artists is a ground-breaking move. First, it adds an invaluable resource in a World Champion who has seen and experienced it all. Second, it brings in another personality who embraces the honor and prestige of martial arts and encourages people to live the martial arts lifestyle.
“Martial arts literally made me the person that I am today, there’s no doubt in my mind I am so much stronger than I ever could have realized without the test of martial arts in my life,” Tate concluded.
“I learned how to become ultra-dedicated and how to make continuous sacrifices for a dream. I also learned how to lose too, and that it’s ok to lose. It doesn’t mean you are a failure, it just means there is room for improvement.
“I’ve used martial arts to better myself as a person and I’ve used it to save lives. I could never express my gratitude for how martial arts has changed my life, the best I can do is pass the amazing virtues of martial arts on to the next generation.”