Miesha Tate (18-7-0), a former female world champion bantamweight in multiple organizations, announced her retirement at the aftermath of her bout at New York’s UFC 205.

Tate suffered a tough unanimous decision loss to her TUF 18 student Raquel Pennington (9-5-0). But what I will remember most is the professionalism Tate showed after the fight.

Tate didn’t have to do that. But in doing it genuinely, she passed the torch not only to Pennington, but to the current generation of bantamweight and strawweights we’re seeing.  Let’s hope they take it and run with it the same way Tate did.

I hope the UFC hires Tate as a UFC analyst. She’s done it before in spots with Invicta FC and her knowledge, strong opinions and natural charisma makes her a perfect fit in my view.

As for Pennington, this is a big win, but it only gets harder from here. She said after the fight that she’s finally cleared her head mentally, a key problem that was holding her back. Let’s see what “Rocky” can do against a Cat Zingano, Valentina Shevchenko, or Julianna Pena.

Liz Carmouche (11-5-0) made history as the first MMA fighter to win at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Carmouche overcame a late comeback from Katlyn Chookagian (8-1-0) in the first bout of the evening.

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Carmouche was also involved in the first UFC women’s title bout back in 2013, losing to Ronda Rousey at UFC 158, after a spirited neck crank came up just short.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk (13-0-0) grinded out another successful title defence over her colleague Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-1-0) at UFC 205, but I wonder about the last two rounds of the fight.

Karolina gained some confidence there and had a moment where she had a chance to finish. They were much more competitive than the first three, and Kowalkiewicz even broke Jedrzejczyk’s nose.

That’s three (3) straight competitive championship performances by her opponents. The JJ puzzle while not solved yet, is being put together piece by piece.

Thanks to Wombat Sports’ MarQ P for these.

Take a deep breath …

Because we have Invicta FC 20 next week!

Bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger (18-5-0) defends against Yana Kuntskaya (9-2-0), while strawweight champ Angela Hill (9-4-0) takes on Kaline Medeiros (8-4-0).

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The rest of the lineup includes.

Herica Tiburico (9-4-0) vs Simona Soukupova (5-4-1)

Amber Brown (6-2-0) vs Ashley Yoder (4-1-0)

Jessica-Rose Clark (6-2-0) vs Pam Sorenson (4-1-0)

Lynn Alvarez (8-4-0) JJ Aldrich (3-1-0)

Stephanie Egger (2-0-0) vs Alexa Conners (0-1-0)

Miranda Maverick (0-0-0) vs Samantha Diaz (0-0-0)

This Saturday at Belfast’s UFC Fight Night 99, Anna Elmose (3-1-0) of Denmark takes on TUF 23’s Amanda Bobby Cooper (2-2-0).

Look for predictions for Invicta FC 20 later this week here on MMA Crossfire.

Follow:

Anna Elmose – @AnnaElmose

Amanda Bobby Cooper – @ABCNation115

Barb Honchak – @BarbHonchak

See you next week!

@kenaiandrews