Tate Takes Holm’s Gold w/ 5th Round Sub
Miesha “Cupcake” Tate entered the UFC’s Octagon looking to “muddy the waters” of the Women’s Bantamweight division as commentator Mike Goldberg said during the UFC 196 broadcast last night. She did just that with a Rear-Naked choke and woke up today as a champion.
Tate was beginning the 5th clearly down in at least three previous rounds (Update: Tate would later admit this in a backstage interview.) After a number of stuffed takedown attempts, Tate would go back to her high school wrestling days. This time going to the well again paid off. “Cupcake” serpentined her way behind the defending champ, Holly Holm. Admitted complacency and a green ground game knocked “The Preacher’s Daughter” off the top of the proverbial mountain.
The first passes with a couple one-two connections and a leaping shot from Holm. Tate clocks her with a left hook but is kept at bay by Holm’s lower limbs. The second is where Holm is exposed on the ground, being softened up with elbows as a first attempt at the Rear-Naked runs out the clock.
The southpaw Holm surprises Tate with a switch to a whiplash-inducing right. All takedowns from Tate are successfully avoided. Holm hasn’t really picked up the pace with her hands, but her kicks continue to go unanswered as this bout heads into the championship rounds.
Holm takes that one, but it doesn’t mean much in the end.
The superior striking of the 19-time boxing world champion could not hide her deficiency in her first fight, entering with the strap around her waist..
“I feel like I knew I was ahead on the scorecards and honestly, maybe I felt like I was getting a little too complacent there instead of being there acting with that sense of urgency," she said at the post-fight press conference. "She got in, I should've been fighting the hands before doing that. I let her get it way too tight before I tried to shuck her off... "Cost me everything tonight, but I'll be back."
Dana White has announced that Ronda Rousey is already next in line despite Holm asking for a rematch and the inactive “Alpha” Cat Zingano wanting to square off after defeating Tate the last time they met.
“She’s scheduled to not come back until October or November, but that doesn’t mean I can’t ask. I can ask. Ronda Rousey has worked very hard for three-and-a-half years in this company and believe me, she did anything that was asked of her and went above and beyond the call of duty. If she wants to stay out until October, she can do that.”
Either way you look at it, Rousey vs. Tate III, Rousey vs. Holm II, or Tate vs. Holm II are bound to happen regardless of the order. While some may not like the immediate decision, the are surely fun times to be had for fans of the women at 135 lbs.
Tate said at the post-fight press conference: “I said that it feels like it was meant to be, and it does. Turns out I like gold.”