Strikeforce bantamweight Miesha Tate seemed destined for an extended period on the shelf after enduring one of the nastiest submissions in recent history, tapping out to an extremely deep Armbar earlier this month in a title-fight against Ronda Rousey. The hold was such that it contorted Tate’s elbow, potentially causing some sort of structural damage based on the angle her arm was bent at.
However, it appears the 25-year old dodged a bullet, recently revealing she avoided sustaining any broken bones or severely torn ligaments in the process and will not require surgery to correct any lingering issues.
“Looks like no surgery!! Doctor was impressed with progress so far,” an excited Tate wrote on her Twitter account.
While Tate didn’t mention what (if anything) was still wrong with her arm or how long her recovery time would be, the news at least lends relief to the number of fans concerned about how her health or career might be affected by the gruesome finish.
The submission loss marked the first time Tate had been tapped out in the cage and snapped her six-fight winning streak. With Rousey destined to scrap with Sarah Kaufman later this year it appears the next steps for Tate will involve rest, minor rehabilitation, and a return to the ring later this year in hopes of earning a shot at winning the divisional belt back.
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