In a night of incredible upsets, Miesha Tate defeated Holly Holm to win the UFC's women's bantamweight title in an exciting fight where the momentum shifted one way, and then back the other in a fight that saw a new champion crowned.
Tate lost twice to Rousey earlier in her career but hasn't lost a fight since 2013.
In the co main event, Holly Holm suffered a similar fate to McGregor, also losing by rear naked choke to Misha Tate. She took the second round 10-8 but Holm had edged the other three. Tate quickly latched onto the rear naked choke and it looked like the fight might be over, but Holm somehow squirmed until she was able to get free of the submission as the horn finally sounded.
"I texted Ronda - Ronda wasn't watching the fight. I knew once I got it to the ground I was going to find openings".
"I knew I had to be flawless in the fifth round". "I felt good. I felt energetic". "She's capable of catching anyone at any moment".
"I thought I had to be a pitbull on a bone, I couldn't let go of it". She's still the best athlete in the division, and stripped bare of the idea that she can do whatever she wants expect a resolute and determined fighter to emerge.
Since Tate was considering retirement after getting passed over for a rematch with Rousey anyway - a Passover Holly Holm used to make history at UFC 193 with her Round 2 KO of Rousey - there is nothing left for Miesha Tate if she falls to her nemesis a third time. "I still feel like I am learning", said Holm.
Diaz, who took the fight less than two weeks ago, abruptly changed the bout with an electric series of punches that wobbled the previously unshakable McGregor. I had to gut it out and finish the fight. "I'll fix those mistakes and come back stronger". Miesha capitalized; she's a scrapper.
"I've waited so long to hear you say that" she beamed as commentator Joe Rogan introduced her as the new and undisputed champion at her third attempt. "I took a chance; it didn't pay off. I'll get back".
"I think that Ronda now will fight Miesha Tate for the title", Dana White announced it to ESPN after UFC 196.
White said the penciled-in script for what was to be with the expected McGregor and Holm victories has become seriously unsettled. Even after her best efforts to loosen Tate's vice-like grip and wriggle free had failed, Holm refused to tap out and forced McCarthy to intervene.