Miesha Tate puts Holly Holm to sleep, wins 135-pound title
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 06, 2016 05:55 PM
Photo credit: The Associated Press
MMA veteran Miesha Tate was able to pull-off a major upset by dethroning former newly crowned champion Holly Holm via a fifth round submission.
It was Holm’s first title defense since winning the belt against Ronda Rousey last November in Melbourne, Australia, and for her, facing Tate was a bigger challenge.
Her own assessment did translate into the fight, particularly in the grappling exchange. While Holm held the obvious advantage in striking, Tate’s wrestling prowess was in full display in, first in the second round, in her initial rear-naked choke attempt.
Holm did survive Tate’s submission attacks and went on to play her game in the third and fourth rounds. However, the exact same scenario came late in the fifth round, but this time around, she was not able to escape.
Tate locked in the tight rear-naked choke after taking Holm’s back, and squeezed it tight with everything she had. Holm opted to go out on her shield and not tap, which eventually led to her being put to sleep.
Time of the stoppage is at 3:30 of the fifth round.
Miesha Tate is now the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, and as stipulated by company president Dana White, will be facing Ronda Rousey next, in a still undetermined date.