LAS VEGAS — Conventional wisdom is that if Miesha Tate beats Holly Holm, it’ll be due to her superiority in the grappling and wrestling exchanges. Tate, though, has viewed something else that she believes can be exploited.
Holm might have a substantial pedigree as a striker — she was a three-division boxing champion and one of the best female boxers ever. But Tate thinks if she lands hard punches, she could have quite a bit of success against Holm, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion.
“I think that Holly’s chin might be a little bit suspect,” Tate said Wednesday at open workouts. “I have seen her wobbled a couple times. There were some punches that didn’t look like they were anything more than I could deliver, that’s for sure. I think that’s a little bit questionable, too.”
Specifically, Tate is referring to Holm’s UFC debut against Raquel Pennington in February 2015 and her fight with Ronda Rousey back in November. Holm won both of those fights, but Pennington dropped her in the third round and Rousey rocked her in the first. Tate has taken note.
“I’ve watched some of her fights and I’ve seen her chin get tested, and I think it’s a little bit suspect,” Tate said. “I saw Raquel put her down with a shot and actually even Ronda caught her with a left hook and she wobbled. So it just leads me to think that she might have great striking, but maybe a glass chin, too. I don’t know.”
Tate will challenge for Holm’s title in the co-main event of UFC 196 on Saturday here at MGM Grand. This is not a new experience for “Cupcake.” She fought Rousey at UFC 168 in December 2013, losing via third-round submission. Since that bout, Tate has won four in ….View full article
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