Dana White didn't see Miesha Tate's retirement coming but stated at the UFC 205 post-fight press conference that it made sense.
"I didn't see the Miesha Tate thing coming, but you know, it makes sense," White said.
"Miesha's been so tough and durable, and not a tough, durable woman, but a tough, durable athlete. She's been in this for so long, and I could just tell when I talked to her tonight."
She was not interviewed at the press conference because she was transported to the hospital following her lopsided loss to Raquel Pennington. According to White, she didn't want to go and he literally had to beg her.
"Her and I had a little bit of a thing tonight," White explained on early Sunday morning after UFC 205. "She was refusing to go to the hospital. And I'm like, ‘you're going to the hospital.' She's like, ‘f*ck you, I don't work for you anymore.'
"So, yeah. I was like, that's a good point, but you need to go to the hospital. ... Then I had to start begging, ‘if you go to the hospital tonight, I'll get you another job doing something else, and I could be your boss again.' So, she went, yeah. She has to go."
Tate (18-7) is regarded as one of the best female bantamweight fighters in history. She is 1-2 this year, defeating Holly Holm at UFC 196 but losing Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 and of course the loss to Pennington at UFC 205 on Saturday.