Miesha Tate has fought in the Octagon and won a title, and now she’s slaying motherhood. Tate’s partner, Johnny Nunez, shared the joyous news via Instagram on Sunday: they’re now the parents of a newborn baby girl, and it took Miesha 67 (!) hours of labor to deliver her.
Finally… after over 67 hours of Labor, my love of my life has arrived, Amaia Nevaeh Nuñez… Amaia meet the World…Daddy Vows to love you, protect you and Never leave you!! I am dedicating my life to loving you, Cherishing you, Inspiring you and Teaching you what I have learned early and in the later of my life. I am confident that you won’t take this life for granted, and I know when you get where your going in life… you won’t forget to turn around and help the next one in line!! We will teach you, by example, to be Humble and Kind… just like your momma! GO GET EM BABY GIRL! The world is yours! #godsplan #helloworld #happybirthdayamor #myqueen #Humble&Kind #Amaia #Nuñez #myworld #sundayfunday *thank you all for respecting this whole tough amazing process, we love each and everyone of you! special thanks to Janelle @icutvegas for being the greatest support system!
A post shared by Johnny Nuñez (@johnnyboymma) on Jun 3, 2018 at 8:30pm PDT
Her name is Amaia Nevaeh Nunez, and she’s adorable. From the caption of his Instagram post, Nunez is completely over the moon about it — not to mention in total awe of Tate for enduring 67 hours of labor to bring Amaia into the world.
Daddy Vows to love you, protect you and Never leave you!! I am dedicating my life to loving you, Cherishing you, Inspiring you and Teaching you what I have learned early and in the later of my life. … We will teach you, by example, to be Humble and Kind… just like your momma! GO GET EM BABY GIRL! The world is yours!
Tate, 31, is a former bantamweight champion who won the UFC belt in 2016 after beating Holly Holm. She held the title for just a few months, losing it after she was defeated by Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. After she lost to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 later that year, Tate decided to retire. Since then, she’s started a management firm for other fighters, hoping to give them the early support she felt was lacking in her own career. She announced her pregnancy with Nunez in January.
Myra Fukuno, a friend of both Tate and Nunez, posted a lovely picture herself with the new mom and the sleepy little daughter.
Around midnight last night, I texted @mieshatate and told her that she had 24 hours to produce my birthday twin. And she did. Best birthday present ever! . I’m so proud of my incredible friend. After 67 hours of labor, she gave birth to a perfect, tiny human. I am so proud of her, to be able to call her one of my best friends, and to share a birthday with this little piece of magic named Amaia. So many congratulations to @mieshatate and @johnnyboymma ! . Thank you for the messages and texts. It’s been an especially taxing week for me, but somehow you all made it better. . This special occasion was too good to keep to myself, but it’s back to radio silence for me.
A post shared by Myra (@myravegas) on Jun 3, 2018 at 10:24pm PDT
Tate posted her own mommy and daughter photo to Instagram on Monday, along with more details about the long and challenging birth of Amaia.
It’s difficult for me to put words to what I’m feeling. I had the fight of my life bringing my daughter into this world. I labored for 60 hours at home and made such little progress dilating that I had to be transported to the hospital. It was 62 hours before I had any relief from the pain, shaking & puking. And 72 hours total until I birthed our little Amaia. It wasn’t the way I wanted it but sometimes you have to switch the game-plan, I still feel like I won because she’s safe and so perfect. I can’t thank my support team enough for pulling the long hours with me. We did it! 6/3/2018 Happy Birthday Amaia! I can’t wait to give you everything I have to offer, I’ll start with my whole heart #youaremyworld #mydaughter #babygirl #iloveyou #firsttimemommy #family #blessed
A post shared by Miesha Tate (@mieshatate) on Jun 4, 2018 at 9:19am PDT
Sixty-seven hours of labor is incredible, and it’ll also be a handy fact for Tate to bring up when Amaia is a rebellious teenager. There is definitely a “I didn’t labor for 67 hours for you to take the car without asking!” in her future.
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