COVID-19’s Impact On Miesha Tate’s VP Duties In ONE Championship
Miesha Tate is a highly decorated mixed martial artist, having won bantamweight titles in both Strikeforce and the UFC. Long retired from fighting, she is still involved in mixed martial arts. ‘Cupcake’ currently serves as the vice president for ONE Championship, and relocated to Singapore in November 2018, where she planned to stay for two years. However, the coronavirus has forced her to change her plans.
“My Goal Was To Be There For Two Years”
Tate recently returned to the United States to focus on the ONE athletes who are based there, chief among them Demetrious Johnson. In an interview with MMA Junkie, the 34 year old said she plans on returning to Las Vegas at the beginning of next year.
“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. “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 realise 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.”
A ONE Show In The United States
ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong had plans of doing a ONE Championship show on US soil this year. However he had to shelve those plans indefinitely as a result of the global pandemic. But Tate hopes that by moving back to the United States, she can finally help set those plans into motion.
“I think what we’re gonna gear more towards is me working more with our U.S. athletes, like Demetrious Johnson,” said Tate. “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 [ruining things].”
Will we finally get to see a ONE Championship event in the United States in 2021?