Miesha Tate is one of the biggest names in the women’s division of the UFC, next perhaps only to Ronda Rousey. She holds an impressive 17-5 record for her career, and she is currently ranked as the #2 contender in the bantamweight division. She began as a wrestler in Tacoma, Washington, at Franklin Pierce High School, where she was the state champ in 2005. From there, she took up MMA and studied Brazilian jiu-jitsu, using the grappling skills that she had learned from wrestling. She started fighting professionally in 2007 and had her first Strikeforce fight in 2008, a win by unanimous decision over Elaina Maxwell. After earning a reputation as a skilled fighter, with a particularly good ground-based game, she made her way into the UFC. She lost her first fight to Cat Zingano, but it was enough to earn her a spot in UFC 168 against Rousey. Tate’s next fight will be against Holly Holm, who is coming off a big upset win over the previously undefeated Rousey. Holm, a former champion boxer, should prove a challenging opponent for Tate, who prefers to do her fighting on the mat.
But it’s not just Tate’s fighting abilities that have caught the attention of mixed martial arts fans; it’s also her good looks. She has shown off her incredible body in a number of magazines, including ESPN, FIGHT!, and Fitness Gurls. Her combination of skill and beauty has helped make her one of the biggest pulls in the UFC.
Here are the top 15 hottest pictures of Miesha Tate, although you really can’t go wrong with any picture of her. Not everyone can be as photogenic after they’ve just had their face bashed in, but somehow she manages to make it work. It also probably helps that she’s usually doing most of the face bashing.
13 Tate Vs. Nakai Weigh-In
You’ve got to love a good female UFC weigh-in, especially when the fighters are as hot as Tate. In order to make weight, fighters strip down to next to nothing. At this particular weigh-in, for her September 2014 fight against Rin Nakai, which she won via unanimous decision, Tate opted for pink bikini bottoms and a colorful top, while she flexed her muscles for the crowd. Not only did she intimidate her opponent, but she also won over a lot of men in the crowd.
12 2014 UFC Pool Party
Tate doesn’t mind showing off her body in public, as evidenced by this photo of her in a "barely there" bikini at the 2014 UFC Pool Party in Las Vegas. If you didn’t know any better, you might think that she was a model hired for the party. Also at the party were octagon girls Arianny Celeste, Brittney Palmer, and Rachelle Leah, all wearing revealing bikinis while sitting out in the sun. What we want to know is: What do you have to do to get invited to a party like that?
11 2009 FIGHT! Magazine
It’s pretty obvious why this picture made the list. Wearing a red jacket, black shoes, and little else, it shows off Tate’s best feature: her backside. This picture was taken back in 2009 for FIGHT! Magazine, well before Tate had made a name for herself in the UFC. In fact, it was her very first magazine photo shoot. Around the time that this photo was taken, Tate lost her first big fight to Sarah Kaufman by unanimous decision, but she would go on to win her next six fights.
10 FIGHT! Magazine #2
This is another one from her 2009 photo shoot with Fight Magazine. She traded in her gloves and sportswear for some sexy heels, a ridiculously short skirt, and a black bra. Sorry to break it to you men who aren’t fighters, but in the article she said, “I don’t see myself dating someone who’s not a fighter. Staying true to her word, Tate has been dating Bryan Caraway, who’s ranked 6th in the UFC bantamweight division, for years, and they’ve been referred to as “the first couple of the UFC.” When they first started seeing each other, Caraway made Tate choose between him and mixed martial arts. Needless to say, she didn’t give up fighting, and Caraway eventually realized that she was committed to the sport, so the two continued their relationship.
9 Maxim Hot 100 Women Of 2014 Party
This one proves that Tate doesn’t just look good with her clothes off; she also looks amazing in a dress. The sexiest thing about her is that one minute she’s knocking people out in the octagon, and the next minute she’s knocking people out on the red carpet (figuratively, of course). This picture was taken on the red carpet at the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2014 Party. Tate was named 58th hottest woman of the year, one ahead of octagon girl Arianny Celeste, and just shy of Ronda Rousey. Beating out all of them, though, was fellow fighter Gina Carano.
8 Vegas Pool Party
Judging by all the photos of her in bikinis with a drink in hand by the pool, Tate appears to be a bit of a party animal. This one comes from another pool party in Las Vegas, at the Sapphire Pool and Day Club, and this time she opted for a hot pink bikini with white glasses. Her abs and other assets were on full display, proving yet again that she’s one of the most beautiful women in the sport. If fighting doesn’t work out for her, she could always make a living hosting pool parties...again, what's a guy have to do to get an invite?
7 Tate Vs. Rousey UFC 168 Weigh-In
Another weigh-in photo. This time it’s from her second fight against Ronda Rousey. Not only are Rousey and Tate two of the best fighters in the UFC, but they’re also two of the best looking fighters. Wearing blue shorts and a sports bra, Tate can be seen smiling (oh, how we came to love that smirk on The Ultimate Fighter) in the face of Rousey, who looks as though she’s about to punch a hole through Tate. Unfortunately, Tate wouldn’t look so confident after the fight, as Rousey defeated her by armbar less than a minute into the third round.
6 Bikini Model
In recent years, the public perception of feminine beauty has changed. It used to be that you had to be unnaturally skinny in order to be considered hot, but now women of all shapes and sizes, including muscular, are being embraced. Just look at the recent covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which featured Ashley Graham, a plus-sized model, and Ronda Rousey, who’s certainly more muscular than the average swimsuit model. This photo of Tate posing in a bikini, showing off her abs and strong legs, is further proof that muscular women can be beautiful. We’re all for strong women, especially if they look like this.
5 Tate Vs. Rousey Strikeforce Weigh-In
This one comes from the weigh-in of Tate’s first fight with Rousey, which she lost near the end of the first round. She wore only white shorts and a white bra, giving her a sort of angelic look. She was in great shape for the fight too, with bulging biceps and ripped abs. But it wouldn’t be enough to stave off the armbar from Rousey. At this weigh-in, it was almost hard to tell who were the fighters and who were the octagon girls.
Thanks to photos like this one, Tate has amassed well over a million followers on social media, most of which, it’s probably fair to assume, are male admirers. In this selfie, Tate shows that a full, strong female figure can be just as sexy—if not more so—than a slim one. At roughly 135 lbs., most of which is pure muscle, she’s living proof that strong is sexy.
3 In The Octagon
Of course, we had to include a photo of Tate in action. Here she is wearing her trademark pigtails and pink sports bra (and she looks like she's up to something). What makes her especially appealing is the fact that, on top of being beautiful and feminine, you know that she could still kick your butt. It’s not an easy thing to look good while in a fight, but someone how Tate manages to pull it off. I guess that explains her paradoxical nicknames: Cupcake and Takedown.
2 Tough And Beautiful
Here’s Tate posing for a photo in her gloves, looking tough and beautiful at the same time. There’s really not much more we can say about this picture aside from the fact that she looks hot in it, so here’s a random fun fact about Tate: Back in 2014, she helped save her boyfriend’s (UFC fighter Bryan Caraway) mother’s life. During a scuba diving outing, Caraway’s mother, Chris, had an asthma attack while underwater. After the guides were unable to help, Tate stepped in to save the day. According to her boyfriend, his mother, who is asthmatic, was unresponsive to her inhaler, so Miesha used it on herself, taking several puffs, before giving his mother mouth-to-mouth and ultimately saving her life. So there you have it—she’s gorgeous and heroic.
1 ESPN: The Body Issue
This one comes from Tate’s 2013 photo shoot with ESPN for their special Body Issue. Wearing nothing aside from pink gloves, Tate can be seen jumping through the air on a beach. It shows off her impressive muscular physique, with her shapely behind on full display. Also posing in her birthday suit for the 2013 ESPN: The Body Issue was UFC rival Ronda Rousey. The two have fought twice, with Rousey winning both times by way of armbar. But if you ask us, Tate wins when it comes to physique.
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