Terri Moss and the state of women’s boxing

By Lyle Fitzsimmons

Upon completion of their in-ring careers, a lot of fighters settle into a simpler existence.

Clearly, Terri Moss is not a lot of fighters.

The 5-foot-1 dynamo, who consistently weighed in just a shade or two north of 100 pounds, hasn’t stepped through the ropes as a professional for nearly six years. But by her own admission, a life that used to revolve around fight preparation and competition has become many worlds busier.

“Work is about 95 percent of my time,” said Moss, 47, a Denver native now living in Atlanta. “I’m opening a big new gym of my own in Atlanta, called Buckhead Fight Club, which is a huge undertaking. There, I will be training men and women and all of my corporate boxers as well.

“Then, my next show, Atlanta Corporate Fight Night 7, is scheduled for Aug. 8, with new growth and bigger productions with each show. I plan to take that show national this year as well, with our first show possibly being in Nashville, Tenn.”

The Corporate Fight Night model, a twice-yearly fixture in Georgia, sprang from Moss’s desire to give business people the chance to experience what she did 18 times between 2002 and 2007 in a pro career that ultimately earned her a world title – the WIBF’s 105-pound crown – in her final outing at age 41.

She’s got her hands on several other projects these days as well, including supervising title bouts for the WIBF and GBU, serving as a board member with the Champions of Dignity Association and working on a documentary called “Boxing Chicks” that’s being produced by Tomorrow Pictures.

“It’s a very realistic view of what motivates the majority of real women boxers,” she said. “Contrary to popular belief, most of us are college-educated career people and moms who do it to satisfy something inside ourselves. We certainly don’t do it for the money, do we? That will change one day.”

We caught up with Moss during a brief moment of downtime to discuss her career, the state of women’s boxing and what it might take to bring it closer to the mainstream.

Fitzbitz: You haven’t had a fight in almost seven years, yet you still seem as active with boxing today as ever. What is it about the game that’s kept you around it?

Terri Moss: Plain and simple, I’m in an ugly love affair with boxing. It’s like a bad boyfriend. You know you should leave, but you keep going back. All jokes aside, though, the reason I’m still here is that I’ve found much more to do in life after the ring than I ever had inside it. Fighting was incredible. I miss it a lot – especially the training at that level – and there is no feeling like the feeling of being in that kind of shape. But I knew because of my age that I had a short wick as a fighter, and once I laid my own career aside I found that there is a lot of good I can do for the sport of boxing – especially for women’s boxing – for the public image of boxing and for those I train and introduce to boxing.

Fitzbitz: You were a pro for five years and had 18 fights. Did you accomplish everything you wanted as a professional? Are you satisfied with the career you had?

Moss: Oh my gosh, who is ever satisfied? If I would have had my way I would have continued fighting, of course, but my trainer had had just about all he could stand of my career by the time I won my titles. He was turning everything down, much to my frustration, including two championship fights – one with Carina Moreno, one with Julia Sahin – and it was obvious I wouldn’t have the opportunity to defend mine, so I hung up the gloves and moved on to training and promoting. I guess in the big picture I did more than anyone expected me to do, considering my very late start and lack of experience when I did. I fought for five world titles, I became a champion and I set a world record. I can’t complain. It was understandable for my trainer to pull out since I never had a manager or promoter, and funding of my career was extremely difficult. I would have liked to go one more year, for sure, but I have my faculties, I’m still sharp, there’s no wear on my body and I can still move pretty fast, so I’m pretty content.

Fitzbitz: Because you’re so well known, you’re one of the go-to people for assessments on the state of women’s boxing. So, in your view, where is it? Has there been progress, or has it slipped backward?

Moss: People usually disagree with me here, Lyle, but I believe women’s boxing is on the rise, not the decline. We are just sneaking up there and people don’t recognize it yet. If you look at the past arches in the women’s boxing popularity polls, if there is such a thing, what you see are fads and pop culture sort of highs in the popularity, but nothing back then was solid. Christy Martin, of course, our first big hero, made people take notice, then again with Laila Ali, her name and the incredible marketing they did with her brought some good publicity to women’s boxing, but the depth of women’s boxing for both of those eras was so shallow that there was no way that they could actually change the state of women’s boxing. Incidentally, that’s OK though, because I don’t think either one was on a big mission to change the public appeal of women’s boxing. They were more focused on their own careers and the attention and money it brought to them by capitalizing on the novelty of being women fighters rather than on changing the perception of the sport, which is understandable. It was good timing on both sides of the fence I would say.

But things are different now. Women are becoming extremely skilled, talented fighters, and there’s depth. Not only that, they are gaining a solid stream of real fans. You have to be in tune with what is going on in the amateurs to see what is coming. They are the next series of women boxers in the pros who will change everything about it once they’re in. I probably don’t need to mention Claressa Shields, who is absolutely fantastic, but I will. She has the whole package: talent, speed, bang and she’s tricky. Then you have Queen Underwood and Marlen Esparza, both with many, many fights and amateur championships under their belts. Katie Taylor, of course, is probably going to be one of the most fantastic things to happen to women’s pro boxing of all time, if she turns pro. These types of fighters are the future of professional boxing in the women’s division, and it looks really bright to me. Even without naming the top Olympians, women fighters in the amateurs right now around the world are becoming fantastically experienced, just like men with hundreds of fights under their belts. This is what will make the real difference, where before there just wasn’t enough experience and depth to make good skilled women fighters. And it’s only going to get better.

I have to add that during the 2012 Olympics, NBC did a poll of social media spikes and found that women athletes and the women’s sports during the entirety of the Olympic broadcasts were mentioned and talked about over 70 percent more than male athletes and men’s sports. That appeals to sponsors. Then, if you look at the majority of advertisements displayed throughout the Olympic broadcasting period, almost all of what you saw was geared towards mothers of athletes, mothers in general, single mothers and women athletes. Not that the guys were left out, but even McDonald’s had Marlen Esparza as the athlete they spotlighted. Popularity means sponsors, sponsors mean money and money means change. We are on our way to a real and permanent change. I’m excited.

Fitzbitz: MMA might have reached its peak in the last couple of years, but it seems reenergized lately with the arrival of a female fighter – Ronda Rousey. Why do you think she’s made an impact as an MMA fighter than not many – if any – female boxers have been able to make?

Moss: I wouldn’t say that she’s made an impact never before experienced by women’s boxing. Laila Ali came out pretty hard, with just as much bang as Rousey, there’s just a lot more pop and glitter now. Also Rousey is a real Olympic champion, so there is a lot more depth to her experience than what Laila had. Not to take away from what’s going on with Rousey and the UFC, but I think also that as you mentioned MMA had reached a peak over the past few years and it’s very good timing to open up something new and intriguing to bring that sport back to the front line. I will say that several of us ladies are thumbing our nose at Dana White for being one of the dinosaurs who hated women’s fighting for so long who finally had to submit, and now its popularity has to be choking his ego. Go Ronda!

Fitzbitz: What does female boxing need to become as viable as Rousey is to MMA? What sort of prototype fighter would the ideal woman be? A mini-Tyson? A centerfold type? Something in between? What, if anything, will it take to make a female fighter a can’t-miss attraction?

Moss: Well, MMA has a different persona than boxing. It’s a more in-your-face kind of rebellious sport, especially when you’re talking about marketing. You can see where the marketing goes with the popular products sold to fans like T-shirts, etc. Sinful, Affliction, Wicked are among the popular names you see for sale at fights. Ronda Rousey is fitting that persona perfectly. I saw an interview with her recently and she even mentions in so many words that when she was an Olympian she had to be a good girl. Now she can say what she wants, be who she wants and it’s marketed for her to just be a badass. That works very well for MMA.

Boxing, on the other hand, seems to put a bad-guy label on the bad asses of boxing. Floyd Mayweather gets the label. Manny Pacquiao, however, gets the good-guy label. I’m not saying that the bad ass doesn’t have fans, but the popularity contest goes to the good guy, and that’s what we probably need with women’s boxing. We may need a bad-ass girl fighter who is the girl next door but will kick your butt. I’m sure that looking great will help that, but I really also think the era of the girl fighter/Playboy spread boxer may be past us now. Thankfully. It’s just not necessary now, and it certainly won’t guarantee success that’s lived longer than a year or two past the published issue. Mia St. John did a great job of capitalizing on that, but even now she puts more into her skill and experience, she set a world record and she does a lot of charity work, etc. She is also into broadcasting, so I’m sure a nice clean image is a big part of her identity now.

Fitzbitz: If you could wave a wand and make significant changes to the way women’s boxing is organized internally, or recognized from the outside, what would you change?

Moss: Ah, that’s easy. The male ego. That’s most of what hurts us. Those old-timers who just don’t like it slow our progress as athletes the most. Lack of opportunity in the pros is the biggest problem. It’s getting to where women can be way more active in the amateurs than in the pros, and in my time that was definitely not the norm. On my last boxing show I had six women’s matches and four men’s matches. Women need the opportunity to fight, and the fans want to see it, so what are they waiting for?

Fitzbitz: Who is the best female fighter out there today? Why? Who is the one who’s carrying the flag for the sport going forward?

Moss: Lyle, there are so many incredible women fighters out there now, it’s almost impossible to pick one. I will say that if anyone is carrying the flag, it’s Katie Taylor, not just because of her skill, but because she has all of the assets to change the world of women’s boxing. I’m just hoping she goes pro. She is the most popular athlete in Ireland, one of the most famous female boxers in the world and she has the skill, the backing and ability to make big, big change. In the U.S., I love Claressa Shields. She’s young, she’s got the right story, the right appeal and hopefully these stuffy American promoters will do what Dana did and put her out there once she goes pro. I feel pretty confident she will later. I can also say in the pros one of my favorite fighters is Brazilian world champion Yesica Bopp, and I really like American world champion Melissa McMorrow. Those two are worthy of mention, but so many are as well.

Fitzbitz: Who’s the best female fighter you’ve ever seen – outside of yourself, of course? Is there anyone you wish you’d have gotten in a ring with, but didn’t?

Moss: The best is so hard to pick! Again, I have to leave it at my favorite pick right now, and that would be Claressa Shields. She’s got so much going for her. I would have loved to have fought Carina Moreno or Yesica Bopp. Those would have been good fights.

Fitzbitz: Your Corporate Fight Night in Atlanta seems to be a growing entity these days? How much of your time does that occupy? Is it a suitable replacement for getting in the ring yourself? Does the background work get the adrenaline rushing in a similar way?

Moss: Corporate Fight Night has been a huge undertaking, but it has grown exponentially in only three years so it’s worth the huge effort. The hardest thing was just getting it off the ground, but now it’s beginning to be a ball in motion and it’s not so hard to push. Corporate Fight Night is much different than fighting in the pros, of course. It’s a white-collar bucket list kind of show that pulls out all of the stops to be a fantastic production for the boxers. One thing that differs in this show compared to other black-tie fight night type shows is that the event is really all about the boxers. It’s not about entertainment or other kinds of performances, it’s about giving the average person a chance to feel like a real prize fighter with all of the glitter and glamour of a top-tier professional boxing show. It doesn’t really replace the feeling of getting in the ring, but it is very fulfilling because so many lives are changed forever due to participation in something like this. And I’ve been able to do a lot of marketing and fundraising for charities, which is always very rewarding. I’m all about others now, as being about my own career, so it’s different but equally rewarding and really fun and exciting. I may feel a little like the Don King of white-collar boxing, too.

Fitzbitz: What is the hardest part of being a “former pro boxer,” especially to someone who looks like she could still get in the ring and handle a lot of people? Spotlight? Money? Competitive buzz?

Moss: Yes, being former stinks. But it is nice to still look like a fighter and to be about the same weight and in very good condition. I miss the spotlight, but then again I never really got a lot of play as a fighter. I think I get a lot more appreciation and admiration now, and if not for Corporate Fight Night, I get it for my stance and push for women’s boxing. If I am considered a voice on women’s boxing, that is extremely flattering to me and it gives me a sense of responsibility that I embrace and thrive under. I really hope I can do much more for the sport now than I did as a fighter.

Fitzbitz: If we revisit in five years and I ask the same “state of the women’s game” questions, what’ll be different in 2018 from now?

Moss: In 2018, you may not even need to ask that question. My hope and prediction is that you will see more, better, stronger, faster, then a big fat I told you so. That would be fantastic.

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Rena Kubota

Rene Kubota

Rena Kubota

Rena Kubota, better known by her ring name Rena or Reina (pronounced as “ɽeːna”), is a professional Japanese kickboxer. She competes mainly in shoot boxing, where she has won the 2009, 2010 and 2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup tournaments.

Early life

Kubota was born in Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan on June 29, 1991. She began training at Oikawa Dojo when she was a sixth grader.

Professional career

Kubota made her kickboxing debut in the all-female promotion J-Girls at New Heroine Coming! on July 1, 2007. She lost a split decision to Asami Furuya in the flyweight New Heroine tournament semi-final.Kubota fought once more in J-Girls in the World Queen Tournament and defeated Mika Nagai by decision on November 4, 2007.

Kubota’s next bout was her first in shoot boxing. She defeated Kanako Oka by decision at Shoot Boxing 2007 Mu-So 5th on December 23, 2007. Kubota won her next two fights in the Road to S-Cup series.

On June 1, 2008, Kubota fought to a draw with MMA fighter Miku Matsumoto in the Deep promotion in a kickboxing match at ClubDEEP Toyama Barbarian Festival 7. Kubota then returned to shoot boxing and won an extra-round decision against Misato Tomita on July 21, 2008.

Kubota’s next fight, her second professional loss, came in a rematch against Miku Matsumoto at the Shoot Boxing World Tournament 2008 on November 24, 2008. Matsumoto won the fight by unanimous decision.Kubota then made her debut in K-1 at K-1 Award & MAX Korea 2009 on March 20, 2009. She was defeated via extra-round split decision against South Korean Muay Thai kickboxer Su Jeong Lim. The bout was Kubota’s only fight for the promotion.

Kubota debuted in the Jewels promotion in a shoot boxing match at Jewels 4th Ring on July 11, 2009. She defeated Tomoko SP by decision.

Kubota returned to shoot boxing and won her first Girls S-Cup title, at only 18 years old, at the 2009 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup on August 23, 2009. She defeated Masako Yoshida by decision, Saori Ishioka by TKO and finally Mei Yamaguchi by decision to win the tournament.

After winning the Girls S-Cup, Kubota won fights against Emi Fujino by TKO (doctor stoppage), Australian Christina Jurjevic by decision and Mika Nagai by decision in a rematch from their 2007 fight.

Kubota was scheduled to face kickboxing and MMA legend Hisae Watanabe on April 11, 2010, but Kubota broke her finger and Watanabe faced an alternate opponent. The two would finally meet on August 29, 2010 during the 2010 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup. Kubota, in a powerful performance, defeated the #2-ranked Watanabe by TKO after a devastating knee to the body left Watanabe on her knees in severe pain and unable to continue. Kubota went on to defeat American MMA fighter Kate Martinez by decision in the semi-final, then defeated Ai Takahashi by decision after two extra rounds in the final to win her second straight Girls S-Cup.

After her second victory of the Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup, Kubota appeared at the pre-recorded TV program Beautiful women athletes full performance: TV 2011 Athletic Club of Fire (TV2011 Bijo Asurīto Sōshutsuen Honō no Taiiku-Kai TV 2011?) on TBS on January 11, 2011, where she faced and defeated male comedians Yu Shinagawa, Hidetsugu Shibata and Koji Imada in exhibition bouts. While the show averaged 11.8% of TV rating, her appearance had the highest rating, 16.8%,and her ring name became the second highest searched for keyword on Google Japan the next day.

Kubota was scheduled to fight South Korean fighter Sun Young Kim on April 23, 2011 at Shoot Boxing 2011 Act 2 in Tokyo, but Kim withdrew from the bout.As a result, Kubota faced J-Girls rising talent Erika Kamimura in an exhibition match in which Rena was knocked down once by her younger opponent in a single three-minute round, which surprised fans and pundits alike.

Kubota faced Ai Takahashi again in a five-round title fight at Shoot Boxing 2011 Act 3 on June 5, 2011. She was defeated by unanimous decision.

On August 19, 2011, Kubota faced Thai Zaza Sor Aree in a non-tournament bout at the 2011 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup. Rena trapped Zaza in a standing head and arm triangle choke and Zaza was about to pass out when the referee stopped the round and awarded the point to Rena. Rena eventually won the fight by KO after landing a devastating punch to the body which left Zaza flat on her back in agony in round two.

Kubota faced Bellator MMA veteran Jessica Penne in a shoot boxing match at Shoot Boxing 2011 Act 4 on September 10, 2011. She was defeated by majority decision after two extension rounds in a considerable upset.

Kubota faced Erika Kamimura in a rematch at Rise 85 on November 23, 2011. She defeated Kamimura by unanimous decision to become the first Rise Queen champion.

Kubota entered the 2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup on August 25, 2012. She defeated Kim Townsend, Seo Hee Ham and Mei Yamaguchi in succession to become the 2012 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup tournament champion.

Milana Dudieva – Where is she?

Milana Dudieva glammed up like a Russian mail order bride...

Milana Dudieva glammed up like a Russian mail order bride…

Milana Dudieva has kept a low profile after pulling out of a fight in Invicta 2 due to an undisclosed illness. I read her being mentioned as a possible opponent for Ronda Rousey last year. She is physically strong but her stand up is clearly deficient.

Marianna Kheyfets

The “Crushen Russian” hasn’t been seen in the cage since her being blasted out by Munah Holland. The transient nature of female mma artists are clearly in evidence and this may be a hindrance to its growth. The fighters are here and then they are gone…gotta enjoy them while they last.

Marianna Kheyfets...hot while she lasted.

Marianna Kheyfets…hot while she lasted.

Niki Wesner turns pro

Austrians are not exactly known for their fighting skill but Viennese Niki Wesner won the world amateur championships and turns pro today. Despite her championship pedigree, Wesner is about as obscure as they come as I found no video and only two pictures of her. She has the looks so if she can bring the skills she may be going places. Surely she will build up a big record fighting soft touches in western Europe.

Carla Weiss


Weiss is 6-1 in her brief pro career.

She has a degree from the University of Cuyo in Art. A renaissance woman, she has interests in writing, wine making and dancing.  With her feminine grace and beauty, she is yet another odd collection to the growing number of female boxers.

Weiss was asked in an online interview the difference between boxing and her college studies.

“To me, boxing is 80 percent physical and the other 20 percent mind, strength, speed, endurance. In the ring I am much more concentration than when I was taking a philosophy test. In the ring, I am much more tired physically and mentally.  Because your body is at risk. If you lose concentration, you knocked out.”

She fights tonight (October 27th) against Alejandra Rios, who is 3-3. The fight takes place in Arena Maipu, Maipu, Argentina.

A video of one of her bouts is below:

Miesha Tate – “Champions aren’t born, they’re made”

“Champions aren’t born, they are made.”
Miesha Tate first saw that saying in her high school wrestling room. Now, in her third year as a mixed martial arts fighter, Tate has adopted it as her motto.
“I think I’m always going to live that motto,” Tate said. “It kind of hit the spot for me because it’s true.
“It makes you realize you have to work for everything.”
Living by that motto has propelled the 22-year-old Olympia, Wash. native to a 6-2 professional record and the Freestyle Cage Fighting Women’s 135-pound Championship.
It has also brought her a long way from her high school wrestling roots to the cages of MMA fighting.
“(MMA’s) been more than what I expected,” Tate said. “I have always loved it since the day I started, but I really had no clue just how far it could take me.”
After wrestling for four years in high school, Tate enrolled at Central Washington University. Her roommate was into karate and started going to an MMA club. Eventually, she brought Tate along with her because she figured Tate would enjoy it.
“I didn’t even know what MMA was,” Tate said. “Sure enough, she was right. I really enjoyed it.
“With my wrestling background, learning the Ju-Jitsu moves came really easy to me.”
Tate stuck with the club, but her roommate didn’t. While she enjoyed learning the moves, she never expected to become a fighter.
“I didn’t think I’d get comfortable getting hit in the face,” Tate said.
Eventually she went to Yakima MMA in Yakima, Wash. which is where she met her current boyfriend Bryan Caraway. Caraway and Tommy Truex encouraged Tate to regularly join them in training at Yakima MMA.
“They were both really supportive of me, and helped me get into fighting,” Tate said.
Tate “learned all the basics” of fighting at Yakima MMA from Rich Guerin. She stayed at Yakima for six amateur fights and two professional fights.
Eventually she moved to Olympia and began training with Dennis Hallman and Victory Athletics, which is where she still trains today.
Hallman also has a wrestling background, which is why Tate is so comfortable training with him.
“It’s a great place for me to train,” Tate said. “Since wrestling is my base, it’s really easy for me to pick things up.”
Takedowns and the ground game have become key elements for Tate in all of her fights.
“I consider myself a freestyle fighter with a wrestling background,” Tate said. “Anywhere on the ground I feel really comfortable. That’s definitely where I like to be.”
Learning Something from Each Fight
Tate’s professional debut came Nov. 24, 2007 in the Hook ‘n’ Shoot-Bodog Fight Women’s Tournament.
“I was a little bit nervous,” Tate said. “But I’m kind of lucky that I don’t get really, really nervous.
“I look forward to fighting. That’s when all the things come together.”
Tate beat Jan Finney in her opening fight by decision, but was knocked out in 30 seconds in the second round by Kaitlin Young.
“I really wanted to do well, and I was probably a little too apprehensive in the fight looking back on it,” Tate said. “Losing that fight was definitely a reality check. I realized I had to get more serious.”
From that point on Tate vowed to always dictate her fights. She also worked on getting more explosive power and learned to take better shots.
Her improvement was evident in her third fight, which came against Elaina Maxwell at a StrikeForce event on June 27, 2008.
Tate said she knew going into the fight that Maxwell was a strong kickboxer, so her goal was to get a takedown right away and work Maxwell over on the ground.
Less than 30 seconds into the fight, Tate had Maxwell on the ground and kept her there for most of the remainder of the fight. Tate was victorious by decision.
“It was nice to dominate the fight,” Tate said. “It felt really good to be in mount.
“It was kind of a breakthrough fight for me.”
Since then Tate has won the Freestyle Cage Fighting Women’s 135-pound Championship by winning two fights with Freestyle Cage Fighting. Her first fight was a TKO win over Jessica Bednarek on Jan. 31, 2009, and her second was a submission victory over Liz Carriero on April 4, 2009.
Her last fight was a decision loss to Sarah Kaufman on May 15, 2009. Tate had been training to fight Kim Couture, who had a 1-1 record at the time. But Couture backed out of the fight and was replaced by the undefeated Kaufman, who had won all eight of her fights by knockout.
Tate held her own in the fight, but lost to Kaufman by decision.
The loss taught Tate that MMA is more than just a physical sport.
“I think the mental part of fighting is the most important part, because it really controls everything,” Tate said. “I definitely fought my heart out, but I just lacked the confidence.”
But in losing, Tate gained greater confidence.
“Now I know without a shadow of a doubt that I have what it takes to be a top-level 135-pound female fighter,” Tate said. “I do have the potential and ability to beat the top-level fighters, and I didn’t know that up to that point.”
FILA Grappling Championships Leads to a Love of Travel
Tate has also competed in the 2008 FILA Grappling Championships, representing Team USA in the 158.5-pound weight class, even though she naturally fights at 135-pounds and naturally weights between 140- and 145-pounds.
The tournament took place in Switzerland on Dec. 22, 2008, and Tate finished in second place in her weight class while fighting opponents from the United States, Poland, France and Canada.
“It was an experience I will never forget,” Tate said.
She was also able to visit Italy, and came back to the United States bitten by the travel bug.
“It was so eye-opening to experience the world beyond just the borders of the U.S.,” Tate said.
Her next stop will hopefully be Japan.
“I think going to Japan would be an amazing experience,” Tate said. “I probably can’t even fathom how different their culture is.”
Giving Back to MMA by Training Other Athletes
When she isn’t training for her own fights, Tate makes sure to give back to the sport by helping other athletes, specifically those also training at Victory Athletics.
Tate currently manages Stephanie Webber, a 24-year-old amateur who has a 3-3 record. Tate was in Webber’s corner during a recent fight in Las Vegas.
“I feel a unique bond with her,” Tate said. “I really want to see other women in the sport be successful, because we are all working toward the same goal.”
Tate also doesn’t hesitate to work with some of the experience fighters at Victory Athletics as well.
“Mostly, my life is all about fighting,” Tate said. “When I have down time, I’m more than willing to help anybody.”
Tate Awaits Her Next Fight
Tate said she has a multiple fight contract with StrikeForce, and is waiting to hear who her next opponent will be.
“I’m hoping to fight in September,” Tate said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to.”
She’s also hoping it will be the next step in accomplishing her goal of becoming the 135-pound champion for StrikeForce once the organization develops belts for the women’s division.
Tate is also aiming to be ranked in the Top-5 women at 135-pounds within the year.
Tate is sponsored by Tussle Fight Gear, Vicious Fight Gear, Caged Steel, Fight University and Cage Candi.

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