How UFC Stars Miesha Tate
and Bryan Caraway Relax After A Fight
What do two of the world’s top MMA fighters do after a big fight to blow off steam? They head to Ontario to ride a dirt bike, of course. And tour around on a WaveRunner. And slam a Yamaha quad through a mud bog. And, well, read on to find out how Miesha Tate and Bryan Caraway—two of the sport’s top UFC athletes—spent their vacation in the Great White North.
Ontario is a big place. Bigger than Texas. It’s home to Canada’s largest city. And Canada’s capital, too. But get outside the cities and what you have is space. Land—tons of it. Lakes and trails. Wide roads free of traffic. This isn’t just a place for luxury travel, though. It’s a tough landscape, much of it still wild. Just tough enough for two of the world’s greatest MMA fighters. Which is why UFC bantamweights Miesha Tate and Bryan Caraway chose here—out of all the spots on the globe—to spend their precious little time off between intensive training. Forget LA. Miami. Forget Fiji or Australia. Why? Two words: power sports.
“I love to do things that are out in nature and out in the wilderness, but that also accommodate my nature—a little bit aggressive,” says Tate on her love of power sports. “And after a fight is a good time to self reflect.” So with just a week to relax and hit to reset button, Ontario was high on her list of spots to explore. “I live in Las Vegas. I’m constantly around people. I’m in the media. So when I want to escape somewhere, I really want to escape.”
First stop on the relax-and-reset UFC tour of Ontario? Horseshoe Resort in the region of Bruce Grey Simcoe. Yes—it’s a ski hill during the winter months. But in summer it’s the perfect spot for some dirt biking. And zip lining. They even have a motocross track. And with a S.M.A.R.T. training course, the two athletes were ready to rock.
Impressions? “It's incredible,” says Tate. The people are friendly. Excited to meet her. She’s checking out the scenery—the white pine, the black oak, the red maple, getting a feel for the place.
Even the hotels are named after nature, like the Pinestone Resort in Haliburton County that comes with its own golf course. So far so good.
“I hadn’t had that much experience on a quad,” says Tate. “I’m out on a four-wheeler in the middle of the woods blazing through hardcore trails,” she says. “Cruising over rocks, going through mud bogs, that was the icing on the cake.”
But the quad fun didn’t stop there. The duo hit up the VMUTS in Mattawa. What’s a VMUTS, you’re wondering? It stands for Voyager Multi-Use Trail System. An epic trail system (more than 200 miles of signed and marked trails) on old logging roads specifically for ATVs and mountain biking.
Watch out for the muddy patches and near vertical rocky outcrops. If you’re thinking that sounds awesome, that’s what Tate thought, too, after ripping around on a Yamaha Four-Wheeler for an afternoon. “It kept my mind sharp,” says Caraway about his time on the trail. “I just liked the challenge. I want to buy one now!”
The two came back to clean up and dry off at Clarion Resort Pinewood Park in North Bay (And after a crazy day tearing up the trails, Tate and Caraway were grateful for the resort’s outdoor heated pool and hot tub).
But no vacation is complete without a little time spent at the helm of your own personal watercraft—so Tate and Caraway blew off steam soaring across Turtle Lake on a couple of Yamaha WaveRunners.
“I’m on the WaveRunner and there’s no one in front of me,” recalls Tate. “And the water was like glass. You couldn’t see a house in sight. You couldn’t see a person in sight. Like no one had ever been there before us.” (And that’s the beauty of Ontario. There are plenty of lakes for everyone.)