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Morning Report: Miesha Tate says Holly Holm has the ‘best chance’ to beat Cris Cyborg

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At the end of the year, MMA fans will finally get something they’ve wanted for years: to see Cris Cyborg fight one of the best 135-pound women on the planet. Cyborg will put her women’s 145-pound title against former bantamweight champion Holly Holm, and though Holm is the most accomplished fighter Cyborg will have ever faced, most people seem to think the bout is a foregone conclusion with Cyborg already a heavy betting favorite over “The Preacher’s Daughter.” But according to the woman who dethroned Holm as bantamweight champion, “most people” have it wrong.

Speaking recently with MMA Tonight on SiriusXM Rush, former UFC 135=pound champion Miesha Tate said that she believes Holly Holm is the fighter best suited to taking out the seemingly unstoppable Cyborg.

“Of anybody that I can think to fight Cyborg to right now, that has the best chance, I honestly, truly believe that it is Holly,” said Tate.

“The reason I say that is, if Cyborg can’t get ahold of Holly, if she recklessly chases her down – similar to how Ronda did, not using the correct angles – if she follows her like a missile – which she does in every fight I’ve ever seen before, that’s how she hunts girls down because she can – with holly, that’s not a good idea. She can cut through those angles. She’s an amazing counter striker and if she lands that head kick, I think she can put anybody away. So stylistically, this makes for a really, really interesting fight.”

Two years ago, Holm was set to face another seemingly invincible fighter only to defy the odds and knockout Ronda Rousey with a head kick at UFC 193. Since then, she’s had a rough go of it though, being submitted by Tate in her next bout before losing back to back decisions including one for the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title. Holm has since righted the ship some with a knockout of Bethe Correia in June but her recent track record hasn’t been nearly as smooth as Cyborg’s, whose toughest fight lately has been with the UFC over contract terms. But Tate says that’s about to change as Holm may be able to give Cyborg a serious run for her money.

“If Cyborg gets ahold of her and throws her down to the ground, obviously Holly’s in trouble. She’s in big trouble. But I can truly attest to how amazing Holly’s footwork is and just how difficult she is to get ahold of, how hard it is to do that. You really have to throw everything to the wayside just to try to grab her. I think I got two takedowns on her in our five rounds and I’m smaller. I think I’m a little speedier than Cyborg is even. Cyborg’s really, really strong but she’s not necessarily the fastest woman in the world. She doesn’t tend to shoot a lot out in the open so I think to press Holly against the cage or to overwhelm Holly is going to be a difficult task, I really do.”

Holly Holm will get her second chance at becoming the fifth fighter ever and first woman to hold belts in two UFC weight classes when she faces Cris Cyborg at UFC 219 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, Nev.


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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Please stop giving Conor ideas.

Happy Thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma

A post shared by Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) on Nov 23, 2017 at 5:09am PST

Aggressive.

I bet you never expected this one.

Priorities.

Rampage.

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I hope none of y’all did this to your grandma.

Andre Fili is not thankful for getting jerked around.

Here’s your 4th video @vitagoods. Happy Thanksgiving #outcastsandunderdogs

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Gadelha debating a move to flyweight despite there being a new sheriff in her division.

Vitória por tko com 2 minutos de luta na categoria 57kg. Vocês gostavam de quando eu lutava na categoria de cima? Deixem a vontade de vocês em relação a minha próxima luta. Tko in 2 minutes of the first round as a 125r a few years ago. Did you guys like when use to fight as a fly weight? Let me know your thoughts about my next fight. #teamclaudia #TeamCG #strawweightorflyweight

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Jimmie trying to use the exact Cody playbook to get a title shot now.

Beef.


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FINAL THOUGHTS

Perhaps our most contentious poll yesterday with a ton of things getting a sizable number of votes but the biggest leaders were Turkey and Stuffing which is probably what most people expected. I do think y’all are massively underrating sweet potatoes though.

I hope that everyone who celebrates it had a great Thanksgiving and that everyone else had great Thursday. Enjoy your weekend, and for those brave few staying up late/getting up early for UFC Shanghai, godspeed.


EXIT POLL


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