MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. (KTVU) - UFC fighter Miesha Tate is calling it one of the most rewarding days of her athletic career.
Tate came to the rescue of a 6-year-old girl who fell during a hike on Mt. Charleston in Nevada on Sunda.
The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion was along the hiking trail when little Kai fell and broke her arm, according to the child's parents.
The parents were struggling to get the girl down the rocky, steep mountain trail when the UFC fighter offered her help and ended up carrying the child more than two miles down.
In an Instagram post, Kai's parents described Tate as "Such an amazing and humble person."
They said they didn't even realize who Tate was until they got to the bottom of the mountain and she introduced herself.
In his post, Andrew Abalos expressed his gratitude saying, "Our family cant thank you enough for all the help. You saved us easily hours of hiking and helped us get her to the hospital sooner."
Abalos told KTVU Fox 2 that they later learned that Kai fractured her arms in two places. The child's parents said they were proud of their little girl's bravery through the entire process.
Tate later posted a moving message she received from little Kai on her way to the hospital.
“Tear jerker! Meet Kai the sweet little girl that kept me company down the mountain side, very upbeat despite her broken arm," wrote Tate.
The UFC fighter also noted that all of her hard work on building her strength came in handy.
Tate wrote, "... I have been told many times that I am “too buff” or “manly” that I should stop lifting weights, that it’s “gross” and not attractive for a woman. I am so happy I never listened to the limitations others wanted to put on me and I hope that our youth knows that don’t have to conform. That strength and beauty comes from within.”