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Marion Reneau plans to retire on a winning note by defeating the returning Miesha Tate

Can Reneau steal Tate's thunder?

Marion Reneau is planning to retire from mixed martial arts with a big win over former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate on July 17.

“The Belizean Bruiser,” 43, (9-7-1) has lost her last four bouts, including a unanimous decision last week to Macy Chiasson, putting her on the UFC release bubble. This retirement fight gives Reneau another chance and she took to Instagram to express her thoughts.

“I will be finishing out my contract with the @ufc this year. I have been asked multiple times throughout this joinery when I plan on retiring. Every time, my answer was the same, “I will KNOW when it is time.” I can’t really put a finger on what draws me to this conclusion but… it’s here. All I know is it was IMPORTANT for me to go out on my own. So thank you @danawhite and @mickmaynard2 for believing I WILL BRING EVERY LAST F*CKING THING I HAVE IN MY LAST AND FINAL FIGHT WITH YOUR ORGANIZATION,” Reneau posted.

Tate (18-7-0), 34, the former women’s bantamweight champion who joined ONE Championship as an executive in 2018 after retiring, has other ideas.

“Cupcake,” has said in interviews that she is in a good place personally, with a healthy relationship and a clear mental space, combined with her ongoing training to make a run for the title currently held by the fighter who defeated her for it, Amanda Nunes.

The fight is scheduled for July 17. The venue, and lineup is currently to be determined.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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