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Brian Stann: Power punching is Miesha Tate’s key to defeating Holly Holm

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Saturday night’s UFC 196 women’s bantamweight title fight between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate has led to some of the worst in MMA Math: Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey to win the championship, and Rousey finished Tate twice, therefore, the matchup in Las Vegas should be a walk in the park for Holm.

Savvier minds know the equation is a tad more complex. One of the sharpest analysts in the business, former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann, believes that Tate, the former Strikeforce bantamweight champion, has a real path to victory come Saturday night: Her power game.

“Miesha has got to power punch,” Stann said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “And here is the biggest key. She’s got to punch with power.”

That also means that Tate has to accept that Holm, a surgical and precise striker, is going to hit her. The key is, during that split-second Holm is in the pocket, to hit her back and hit her harder.

“Miesha has to, as soon as Holly goes in to hit her, accept the fact you’ll get hit, and land your own shots at the same time,” Stann said. “Miesha has the power advantage in this fight. We’ve seen Miesha throw much heavier. Her boxing has gotten better and better.”

Holm has been at the combat sports game for quite some time, and she’s knocked out in her professional boxer career. Tate, Stann said, needs to exploit it.

“Holly has had a lot of time in the ring,” Stann said. “She’s taken a lot of shots. She’s been knocked out before. Miesha’s best chance in this fight isn’t shooting takedowns and getting frustrated not being able to get Holly down. It’s wait for the right time. Punch with her. … She’s got to pressure, as soon as ….View full article

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