COVID-19 fallout drives ONE VP Miesha Tate back to the USA

Former Strikeforce and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is currently a Vice President with the Asia-based ONE Championship. Hired in November of 2018, Tate moved to Singapore, where ONE is headquartered, with the intention of staying at least two years. However, Tate, now a mother of two, recently returned to the USA, and plans to focus on US athletes on the ONE roster, the most prominent of whom is GOAT candidate, former UFC flyweight champ, and ONE flyweight grand prix champion, Demetrious Johnson.

“My goal was to be there [in Singapore] for two years, but COVID kinda just messed everything up as it did for everybody,” said Tate, during a recent appearance in MMA Junkie Radio. “I know I’m not the only one in that, so when Singapore locked down, I just got kinda depressed. And it was really lonely because I couldn’t have any family, no friends, nobody to come visit, and you just realize how small it is. I’m from Washington, which is where I’m at right now, staying with my parents through the holidays until I’ll be back in Vegas probably around January.”

“I think what we’re gonna gear more towards is me working more with our U.S. athletes like Demetrious Johnson. He’s in Washington state, as well, so I wanna get together with him and film more content, pick his brain, create more media, and then of course still promoting the events and anything I can do with my connections to help further the roots that ONE Championship is still trying to lay, because eventually we still wanna come to the U.S. It’s just COVID.”

ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong has repeatedly noted that the promotion intends to hold a show in the USA, but like everything else on the planet, those plans are unfortunately delayed at present.

h/t Farah Hannoun and MMA Junkie

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