Miesha Tate: Empowered, Driven, Blazing a Trail for Women in MMA (Video)

Sam NassarCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2010

In her candid on-camera interview, top Strikeforce Welterweight Miesha Tate shared her views on many topics that were near and dear to her heart.  Miesha spoke openly about her childhood, her start in wrestling and MMA, women in combat sports, and her own unique outlook on life and her sport.  

Tate proves that with a determined mind and a desire to succeed, the possibilities are endless.  The multi-faceted Miesha made it clear that women have a place in combat sports. She is unwavering in her pursuit to prove this point to MMA fans. 

She will get her chance in the Strikeforce Challengers event taking place on Friday, August 13th.  Tate will square off with three other top female welterweights in a tournament format, culminating with the winner being crowned.

Through our conversation, we learned that Miesha has always been comfortable marching to the beat of her own drum. Whether it be playing tag and guns with the boys in grade school, or joining the high school wrestling team, she showed strength and endurance, and eventually became a pioneer and trailblazer for women in MMA.

Miesha has had a unique journey in the sport of MMA and speaks candidly about the dynamics of dating another top fighter in the sport.  Her boyfriend, Bryan Caraway, competes in the Featherweight division of the WEC promotion.

Bryan joined Miesha in our conversation and they shared their mutual passion for the sport and how they both depend on each other for support, motivation, and encouragement to continue to drive towards success.  Being an MMA fighter himself, it was interesting to hear Bryan speak about what it’s like to corner his girlfriend during a fight—a unique perspective to say the least.

Miesha continually challenges herself to rise to new heights in her sport as well as branching out into other arenas.  While Miesha seeks to legitimize women in the sport of MMA, she also actively seeks to empower women outside of the cage.

Miesha has paired up with MMA legend Frank Shamrock to produce a unique women’s rape prevention DVD series.  Using her MMA skills as her tools, Miesha’s goal is to create a confident mindset in order for women to diminish their vulnerability in a dangerous situation.  

Miesha is an articulate, intelligent, and impressive fighter. After watching this exclusive interview, you will see how her demeanor and drive commands your admiration and respect.  Follow Miesha in her next tournament contest, August 13th at 11 p.m. EST.  

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