UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate will serve as the grand marshal for the FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12 at Michigan International Speedway.
Tate will give the command of “Start your engines!” when the FireKeepers Casino 400 gets underway at 1 p.m. The FireKeepers Casino 400 will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.
Tate is the Ultimate Fighting Championship Women’s Bantamweight Champion. She claimed the title in stunning fashion on March 5, defeating then-champ Holly Holm with a rear naked choke in the fifth round of UFC 196 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Tate, a fan favorite in the mixed martial arts world, will defend her title July 9 in Las Vegas against No. 4-ranked Amanda Nunes at UFC 200.
“I’m excited and honored to be the grand marshal for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway,” Tate said. “There are a lot of things I look forward to doing at the track, but to give the command to start the engines is at the top of my list for sure.”
Training out of Las Vegas, Tate has fought professionally since 2007. She holds an 18-5-0 record in her professional MMA career and a 5-2-0 UFC record. Tate has also earned a host of accolades and recognitions, including being voted “Female Fighter of the Year” in 2011 by World MMA Awards.
“We are thrilled to have Miesha Tate serve as the Grand Marshal for the FireKeepers Casino 400,” track President Roger Curtis said. “A lot of our guests are fans of the UFC; I certainly am. And it will be exciting for us to share all the great things about NASCAR at Michigan International Speedway with her and really treat her to a thrilling event in our ‘octagon.’”
Outside of the octagon, Tate has modeled for numerous publications and websites including ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue. Her fighting style, which focuses on wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, earns her praise from the media, as well as her peers.
“Miesha Tate packs a powerful punch, so she is the perfect Grand Marshall for the first FireKeepers Casino 400,” FireKeepers Casino Hotel President/CEO Brian Decorah. “She will command attention and, like FireKeepers Casino, is a winner and delivers a crowd pleasing performance.”
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series roars into Michigan International Speedway twice in 2016. The first of the track’s two NASCAR weekends is June 10-12 with the Corrigan Oil 200 ARCA Racing Series on June 10; NASCAR XFINITY Series Menards 250 presented by Valvoline on June 11; and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12.