Here we are at fight day of UFC 196, the main event between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz has already gotten a lot of attention but let’s talk about the co-main event between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate. More specifically if Miesha Tate should actually stand and trade with Holly Holm in this fight. Miesha Tate was more than impressive in her when over Jessica Eye almost KO’ing Eye and putting her in more than one dangerous situation. A performance that was championship title shot worthy and a definite showing of her improvement in the striking game. But Tates’ striking has always been impressive in the first place as she has given almost every fight she has fought in the last four years fits, including Ronda Rousey in both fights. Miesha Tate as we’ve seen always comes in with sweeping combos lead mostly by jabs which is almost the same exact method of Holly Holm, but that’s where Tate loses the advantage as Holm being a boxing champion has the better accuracy and range with 4-inch reach advantage in this fight. Holm might be more accurate on the feet, but when Tate lands she comes forward with punches in bunches and that might be the distraction and little bit of needed time for Miesha Tate to completely throw Holm off of her game.
Miesha Tate also has the distinction of being one of the only people to break out of Ronda Rousey’s’ armbar on multiple occasions because of her extensive wrestling and BJJ background. Being a wrestler and BJJ practitioner since high school doesn’t hurt either as more than a third of all her wins has come by submission and even when she doesn’t get the submission she uses the attempt to transition well into ground and pound. Not only has she used her ground game to submit people, but she’s used it to take down her opponents on average 2 times per fight even confusing the last women’s bantamweight champion when she did so, and yes we mean Rousey. The only problem here is through Holly Holms UFC career she has defended all takedown attempts against her even in her last championship fight, which poses a problem for Tate as the last champion beat her with her trademark armbar on the ground. Tate has been known to give up on take down attempts which usually leave her open on the break and a fighter like Holly Holm has the timing and accuracy to make good use of that opportunity.
With Miesha Tate on the verge of retirement after being denied her second UFC title shot against Ronda Rousey even though supposedly being promised the fight, a lot of MMA fans can consider this a blessing in disguise as Miesha Tate has always been a top level fight that brings legitimacy to the women’s bantamweight division. And even with a loss here Miesha Tate can always, at least, have a second shot at a new champion in Holly Holm to break up the looming trilogy fight between her and Ronda Rousey. We can say Miesha Tate might be far away from retirement now, but with another championship attempt loss she will have a long ladder of fights before she fights for another championship belt against MMA champion. Against someone like Holly Holm who has very little technical flaws this is definitely an uphill battle for ‘Cupcake’ but one she has a chance to win.