Miehsa Tate (18-5) stunned the UFC world ast night with her defeat of Holly Holm at UFC 196. With Ronda Rousey taking time away, the UFC let Holm defend her bantamweight title. Through four rounds, Holm (10-1) appeared to be cruising to victory. With perhaps one last chance to make good on the final title opportunity of her career, Tate had to seize the moment. That moment came at 3:30 of the fifth and final round where Holm succomb to a rear-naked choke.
“I knew I had to finish the fight,” said Tate, who turns 30 in August. “I had to find that perfect time. I had to be perfect in the fifth. I thought I had to be like a pitbull on a bone,” Tate said. “I wasn’t letting go of it.”