Holly Holm and her 15 minutes of fame is over after Miesha Tate defeated the champion via technical submission at round five of the UFC 196 in Las Vegas today. Tate did a rear-naked choke at 3:30 of the fifth round when the fight was stopped. Tate showed Ronda Rousey how to take down the latter?s nemesis with an exciting win over the bantamweight fighter.
The challenger was cautious right off the bell, even allowing Holm a couple of sidekicks to pace her game. Tate seemed to have learned from from Rousey?s mistake, when the former champion fought Holm head-on, where Holm?s judo training proved to be an advantage.
Tate?s win is even more an upset after scorecards revealed she?s behind Holm going to round five. Despite Tate dominating the second round, Holm was ahead of the fight until the choke. ?I feel like we had a great gameplan. I had to be very patient … to find the perfect moment,? the new champion said in an interview right after the fight. ?This is obviously a very emotional moment for me.?
Here?s a short video of the moment of truth from Twitter user MarcusD:
? ?arcusD (@_MarcusD_) March 6, 2016
Rousey-Holm or Rousey-Tate
The win sparks interest at once in a Rousey-Holm rematch, but UFC will likely hold any official announcement until it finds Tate?s next opponent. Our prediction is Rousey will be the favorite pick to go against Tate and if Rousey wins, UFC will lay down a Rousey-Holm 2 fight card. It?s a development UFC fans would love to happen, one that could eclipse all past Rousey fights in tickets and pay-per views.
Tate?s win further changed the bantamweight class landscape that Rousey had dominated for two years. At least for now, the division features a three-way fight trajectory with Rousey still the main fighter to watch, shadowed by the new champion and Holm, who many is starting to compare to Buster Douglas, the first boxer to defeat Mike Tyson at pro, but who never made it to defending his title.
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