For the second time in five years Miesha Tate is the best women’s batamweight fighter in the world. On March 5 Miesha Tate became UFC Champion by choking Holly Holm unconscious at UFC 196. Four years and seven months earlier Tate submitted Maloes Coenen to win the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title.
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At UFC 196 Miesha dominated Holly Holm for the entire second round and almost finished her then. All three judges scored that round 10-8 for Tate. To her credit Holly came back in round 3 and 4, sticking and moving to score enough points to take those rounds. Holm never hurt Tate but after winning rounds 1, 3 and 4 Holly was ahead going into the fifth and final round. Had Miesha won round 5 the fight would have ended in a draw with Holly retaining her title.
Miesha Tate was relentless in round 5 even as Holly Holm threw strong lefts and vicious leg kicks. With about two minutes remaining Tate grabbed Holm for a takedown then Holly stood against the cage to shake her off. With Tate on her back securing a choke Holly crashed to the mat but Miesha choked even harder. Seconds later Holly Holm was unconscious and Miesha Tate was the new UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.
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