In what is seen as shocking upset, Miesha Tate defeated the UFC woman’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 196 on Saturday. The fight held in MGM Grand Garden Arena went till fifth round.
Not only Tate defeated Holm, but also scored a stunning finish considered one of the best in the history of women’s mixed martial arts.
Miesha Tate brought Holly Holm to the ground and choked her out in the fifth and final round to become the new UFC women’s bantamweight champion.
“Not many people wouldn’t tap out. She went out like a champion,” Tate said, via FOX Sports.
Miesha’s grip was perhaps too tight for Holly who went unconscious in the choke. It was Tate’s fifth straight victory.
Tate won the title at 3:30 of the final round. “I knew I had to finish the fight. I knew I had to be perfect in the fifth round,” said Tate, reports MMA Fighting.
Holm won the opening, third and fourth round. Tate however, who had initially won only the second round seemed desperate to win the fight. She made one slip-up and quickly took Holm into one tight body lock.
Holm tried hard to get free of Tate’s grip, but before she knew it the former Strikeforce champion wrapped her arm around her neck. The choke apparently was too hard for Holm because her face turned red and she went unconscious. It was the referee who jumped to action and signaled to stop the fight.
It is the first UFC victory for Miesha Tate and first UFC loss for Holly Holm. Tate is now expected to fight Ronda Rousey who returns to the Octagon later this year.
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