Miesha Tate finally has UFC gold around her waist.
It was Holly Holm’s first title defence. She seemed to be two or so minutes away from retaining her bantamweight strap that she so violently took away from Ronda Rousey but a wily old veteran by the name of Miesha Tate had other ideas.
Holm had gained momentum after losing round two in which Tate secure herself a take down and managed to control Holm and somewhat land some good ground and pound. Then at the end of the round managed to take Holms back and nearly secured a deep rear-naked-choke.
Things started to slip back into the champions favour as she stuffed all of Tate’s takedowns and in return, was landing some good leg kicks, left hand counters and a few head kicks, which Miesha blocked, but still scored points off. Going into the fifth and final round it was do or die for Tate.
Holm was no doubt winning the final round, landing her kicks and counter strikes on Miesha who seemed very wary that she needed to make something happen. Tate finally got her hands on Holm, securing a big takedown and immediately transitioning to Holm’s back where she secured herself a deep and very tight rear-naked-choke. This time Holm couldn’t escape and chose to go to sleep instead of tapping.
“I knew i had to finish the fight. I knew i had to be perfect in the fifth round,” Tate said speaking with Joe Rogan after the fight.
Miesha Tate (19-5) has been a long serving pioneer inside women’s mma and further cemented her legacy by winning not only a Strikeforce title but now a UFC one as well.