UFC fighter Miesha Tate pulled stitches out from her own eye, and asked, 'Who needs a doctor?'

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UFC fighter Miesha Tate pulled stitches out from her own eye, and asked, 'Who needs a doctor?'
Miesha Tate, UFC.Photo by Miesha Tate
  • MMA star Miesha Tate pulled her own stitches from a wound below her eye in new footage.
  • The former UFC champ lost a fight earlier this month in which she was bloodied by the final round.
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MMA star Miesha Tate asked "Who needs a doctor?" as she pulled out stitches from her own eye one week after a unanimous decision loss to Ketlen Vieira at a UFC Fight Night event on November 20 in Las Vegas.

Speaking on her official YouTube channel, Tate said she's "healing up pretty well" since the defeat.

Tate retired from ultimate fighting in 2016 having forged an extraordinary legacy as an elite combatant thanks to her toughness, and victories over Holly Holm, Liz Carmouche, and Julie Kedzie.

The former UFC bantamweight champion returned to competitive sport this year, beating Marlon Reneau by third-round stoppage in July.

Vieira toppled Tate earlier this month, though, scuppering any prospect of a comeback run in the UFC.

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Vieira's counterpunch strategy, together with her physical advantages, caused significant damage on Tate, who was bloodied and bruised by the end.

In video footage last week, there was still a lingering effect of those damaging blows as Tate can be seen with a reddened eye and facial bruising.

She told viewers she had already pulled one stitch out, but thought her followers would want to watch her take out another.

"I thought, you know what, maybe you all would like to see this," she said.

Tate used a fingernail clipper to cut the material that was keeping the suture tight.

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"I think there's no point in going to a doctor to remove these," she said. "But I'm also kind of crazy."

Watch it here:

"Who needs a doctor!? Healing up quick and ready to get back at it but first these stitches have to come out!" — Tate wrote in the caption of her video.

In the five years Tate spent away from the Octagon, she announced a relationship with fellow MMA fighter Johnny Nunez in 2018, gave birth to a daughter, Amaia Nevaeh Nunez, in the same year, and gave birth to a son, Daxton Wylder Nunez in 2020.

She also worked at Singapore-based combat sports promotion One Championship as vice president.

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It is currently unclear when she will fight next.

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