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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 to fire engines just before the FireKeepers Casino 400 gets underway at 1 p.m., live on FOX Sports 1.
Tate claimed her title in stunning fashion on March 5, defeating then-champion Holly Holm with a rear naked choke in the fifth round of UFC 196 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The mixed martial arts fan favorite will defend her title on 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.”
“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.’”
CREDIT: Michigan International Speedway