Holly Holm may have won more rounds at UFC 196, but Miesha Tate was certainly more impactful.
Tate was down on the scorecards heading into the fifth round of their co-main event title bout but believes scoring a dominant round two set the table to submit the champion and steal the fight.
“I think she just crumbled under the pressure when I took her down in that second round,” Tate told Fight Network’s John Pollock. “My coaches and Bryan [Caraway] actually told me, ‘She’s either going to stay down and be so scared about being submitted that you’re going to ground and pound her and beat her up or she’s going to try desperately to get up. Because your top pressure is so heavy she’s going to be forced to leave something out there and you’re going to grab it and you’re going to submit this girl.’
“We saw both cases. In the second round she stayed down there and took some heavy ground and pound. In the fifth round she definitely didn’t want to get stuck down there again so she tried to zealously get up and I saw the opening and I took it. We planned for that and we assumed that was going to happen.”
Holm and her team have been criticized by UFC president Dana White over the decision to fight Tate rather than wait for a rematch with Ronda Rousey, but Tate admires her for it.
“I think Holly took the advice of her coaches who she trusts with everything,” said Tate. “They said, ‘Holly, you’ve always been an active fighter. Let’s not change who you are now that you’re the champion because that’s when you’re going to lose sight of who you are.’ I think the idea was to keep her grounded just the same as if she wasn’t ….View full article
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