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Miesha Tate Won't Fight Until the Second Half of 2013

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Fans of Miesha Tate (13-3) will have to wait until next summer to see the former Strikeforce champion compete. Tate recently revealed that she was taking time off from the sport to heal physically and mentally, meaning a return to action in August 2013.

After losing her championship earlier in the year, Tate returned in August where she won via armbar submission. Tate describes that time as the lowest in her career, so much that she contemplated retirement.

"That was at probably my lowest point of lows," said Tate to MMA Junkie. "But I had to tell myself that really I still have a lot of love for MMA and I don't want to walk away from it."

In her last fight, Tat described it as "lackadaisical" and "flat" after being dominated for the first two rounds.

"I thought that when the fight came closer that it [the feeling] would go away," said Tate. "I just kept telling myself, 'Oh, when I get in the fight, I'm sure I'll get hit and just wake up and it'll be fine.'"

After losing in her first two Strikeforce fights, Tate racked up several wins before winning the vacant bantamweight championship in the summer of 2011. She lost it to the current champion Ronda Rousey in her first title defense.

While Tate is away from active competition, she looks to reset herself as she continues to train in the gym.

"I know what I need to do, and it's just a matter of doing that and giving myself the time I need to be Miesha for a little bit," said Tate. "I think I've put MMA at such a high priority on my list that it burnt me out a little bit."

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