Holly Holm lost her first title defense. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion lost to Miesha Tate at UFC 196 on Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“The Preacher’s Daughter” was choked out by Miesha Tate in the fifth round of the co-main event of UFC 196. In the main event, Nate Diaz defeated UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
UFC 196 marked Holm’s first career loss since stepping into the MMA world. She defeated then reigning champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 to become the UFC bantamweight champion. But Tate saw to it that Holm’s reign was brief.
Holm though, is not ready to back down yet and wants to get back to Octagon soon. However it’s her heart that is hurting her the most after losing the fight.
“I feel fine. My, [you] know, heart hurts,” Holm told FOX Sports.
Holm won the first, third and fourth round of the fight. This almost gave the impression that Holm is all set to win the fight. But in a sudden twist of events, Tate led to a slip-up, took Holm down the ground and engaged her in a powerful body lock and choked her with her arm.
Tate’s grip around her neck proved too tight for Holm who went unconscious and tapped the ground.
“I felt I had rounds 1, 3, 4 and even 5. I know she had the takedown, she was on top of me — round 5, she got the choke,” said Holm.
“I gotta go back to the drawing board and get better, [you] know? I know my whole career has been on the fast track but I believe that I belong here for a reason and I need to keep improving.”
However, unlike others, Holly Holm is not the one to go into hiding. She is more determined than ever and is already eager for the next opportunity.
“Let’s just get in there. Let’s get in there and get it back,” Holm said.
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