By Rafael Bandayrel
ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong announced the arrival of another marquee name to his company in ex-UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.
Tate, however, will not be part of the fighter’s roster as she was brought over to be a member of the Asian MMA promotion’s executive team.
“Please join me in welcoming my good friend @MieshaTate to @ONEChampionship!” Sityodtong announced on Twitter, Thursday afternoon.
“She is one of the greatest female mixed martial artists in history. Above all, she has a heart of gold. Miesha will be moving to Singapore in early 2019 to join us as a Vice President.”
The company later confirmed the development in a press release:
“It is both an honor and a privilege to announce that women’s mixed martial arts world champion Miesha Tate will be joining ONE Championship as Vice President,” Sityodtong stated.
“Miesha has been an incredible pioneer for the sport and has been an inspiration for many young men and women. What impresses me most about Miesha is her humility, compassion, honor, and respect.”
Tate, meanwhile, said that she is looking forward to taking on the responsibilities of an executive.
“I am thrilled to join ONE Championship as a Vice President,” Tate stated. “I truly believe in its mission of unleashing real-life superheroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams, and inspiration. I’m honored to bring my experience as a world champion and to help inspire the next generation of athletes.”
Tate captured the UFC women’s bantamweight gold by submitting Holly Holm in March 2016. She totaled a 18-7 record before retiring in 2016.
The signing comes after ONE added former UFC champions Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Eddie Alvarez to their roster. Both fighters have since been included in a grand prix tournament to crown new champions in the flyweight and lightweight divisions.