Miesha Tate Claims UFC Batanweight Title After Defeating Holly Holm

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"If you ain't taking me out, you going to get taken out, straight up".

Miesha Tate, left, swings a kick at Holly Holm during their UFC 196 women's bantamweight mixed martial arts match Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Las Vegas.

Moments after Diaz served up an upset special over the UFC's golden child on Saturday, Aldo took to Twitter to rub some salt on McGregor's wounds.

Diaz, who took the fight on less than two weeks' notice, changed the bout with an electric series of punches before forcing McGregor to tap out on the ground.

"I texted Ronda - Ronda wasn't watching the fight". "I started off slow, but I'm faster than anyone later on". My corner are always honest with me.

Now, instead of Ronda Rousey seeking revenge against Holly Holm, Tate will be defending her UFC women's bantamweight title against Rousey, who holds two previous victories over the new champion.

The battle against Tate was far more competitive.

Rousey was scheduled to film a pair of movies back-to-back that would have kept her busy into the summer, but there's still no word on when either one will actually go into production.

And Diaz suggested that the difference in weight was the key difference in handing McGregor his first UFC defeat and snapping the Irishman's long 15-fight unbeaten streak. "This is my 25th fight here in the UFC, and I've been, in the last few years, curious when this is going to pay off. And I think it's time now". "I learn, I grow. I'll face it like a man, like a champion". Originally, McGregor was attempting to move to the 155-pound division to challenge dos Anjos for the lightweight title. Superior jiu-jitsu. As I said from the beginning, I have the best training partners in every aspect. He was efficient. I was not. I took a shot and missed. "It didn't work out".

"The right move feels like drinking a Budweiser and eating cupcakes", Tate said. "I just had to be patient and push into those rounds". She's very risky. She's capable of catching anyone at any moment.

"I knew I had to finish the fight", she said.

The fight began tentatively in the first round with Holm landing the better shots with some stinging right jabs and well-directed kicks to the midsection that won her the round on all the judge's scorecards10-9.

Holm tried hard to get free of Tate's grip, but before she knew it the former Strikeforce champion wrapped her arm around her neck. This time, Holm couldn't escape and to her great credit, she went down bravely as she refused to tap with the choke sunk in deep.

It was a battle between two fighters with boxing and wrestling specialties respectively, and in the end Tate's ferocious ground and pound grappling earned her the victory with a fifth round submission. Throughout his UFC career, McGregor had been a much bigger fighter than all of his featherweight opponents, but Diaz had him by a couple of inches in height and reach and it showed. "Whoever wins tonight will fight Ronda for the title". Holm agreed to take on Tate, the very definition of a risky matchup for less experienced fighters. Holm was adamant that she wants a rematch with the Washington native, but admitted that she'll get in line if necessary.

 

 

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