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New Champion Crowned as Miesha Tate Chokes Out Holly Holm

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In a night filled with high drama Conor McGregor lost his first UFC fight to Stockton’s Nate Diaz. The upset reverberated around the MMA world as Diaz did the unthinkable stopping the featherweight champion in the second round by submission after badly rocking him on the feet. However this was not the only big upset at UFC196 as long time fan favourite Miesha Tate pulled off a huge victory to capture the women’s 135-pound strap.

When Holly Holm dismantled Ronda Rousey at UFC193 her star power had the potential to sky rocket. Immediately after her win, there were repeated calls for an immediate rematch however Ronda’s commitments outside of fighting prevented a swift return. In the meantime, Holm did not want to sit idly and wait for the former champion to become available. Holly made it clear that she wanted to fight often and the UFC granted her wish in the form of former women’s Strikeforce title holder Miesha Tate.

Tate a grizzled veteran of women’s mixed martial arts was widely expected to turn the title bout into a gritty affair and that is exactly how it would play out. The challenger weathered the extended periods of the fight that were spent on the feet. She gave the defending champion a big scare in the second round nearly finishing the fight with a rear naked choke on several occasions.

Holm did manage to recover and turn the tide in her favour, heading into the final round leading on the score cards. Incredibly Miesha managed to drag the fight to the mat in the closing minutes and score the biggest victory of her career via rear naked choke.

 

Round 1

The opening bell sounded and both women showed patience in the beginning. They eyed  each other warily looking for openings. For Holm her patented left cross and for Tate kicks to the body and the legs. Miesha shoots in for a takedown which Holly defends brilliantly. Tate sneaks in a hook as she exits the clinch. Holly begins to loosen up and find a home for her punches. A three punch combination from Holm pushes Miesha back momentarily. Holm’s left cross becomes a factor in the fight as she reddens Tate’s eye with sharp punches. Miesha flicks her jab out while Holm tries to counter with combinations of her own. Holm opens up with multiple front leg side kicks to the body and ends the round strong.

 

Round 2

After Holly had clearly settled into her striking rhythm it was up to Miesha to ramp up the pressure and make it the dogfight she excels in so well. Tate came out of the traps hard in the second feinting her way into an excellent body lock trip which brought the fight to the floor. Tate showed her awareness and stifled any of Holm’s attempts to improve her position. Staying heavy on top Miesha landed big elbows from the side control position and in Holm’s half guard. She used excellent shoulder pressure to keep Holly from getting to her hips preventing any escape attempts. With the round end nearing Tate latched on to Holm’s back in a scramble and threatened repeatedly with chokes. Her arm looked to be under the chin on more than one occasion but the desperate champion fought repeatedly to stay in the fight. A huge round for the challenger looked to have turned the tide in round number two.

 

Round 3

That very may well have been the first time that Holly had been put under any serious pressure in a fight and she needed a big response coming into the third. Instead of coming out strong again Tate resumed a cautious pressing game looking to throw low kicks and land her hands in exchanges. She tried to get the fight to the mat on more than one occasion but was met with steely resistance in Holm. The champion went back to her striking bread and butter and peppered Tate with high kicks, oblique kicks and side kicks to the body. The kicks set up her punches which caused additional problems for Tate. Despite this Miesha kept moving forward steadily and managed to blast Holly with a check hook from a misplaced push kick. Holly finished off the round strongly as she sprawled hard to avoid a takedown. Holm punished Miesha for attempting it with two high kicks that crashed off the forearm.

 

Round 4

Holm arguably led on the scorecards going into the fourth round and Tate’s coach Rob Follis called for her to level change and land the takedown. Miesha came out leading with her jab trying to manage the distance and limit any potential openings for Holm. She ate another couple of beautiful kicks to the body for her troubles. The damage from these forced a clinch which Holly defended with ease. Her defensive grappling skills were beginning to show and this allowed her to open up with more offense. She kept up a stream of jabs and one two combinations and kept up the flow of kicks to head and body. Her striking was making the difference and she charged forward with three punches that hurt Tate. However Miesha fired off a body kick of her own to finish the round.

 

Round 5

The fifth and final round began and both Tate and Holm were met with a roar of approval. The pace of the fight remained the same and Holm dictated the centre of the Octagon. She continued to throw out her combinations trying to impress the judges. Both fighters were desperate to avoid any mistakes that could be costly. Just as it seemed that the time would run out for Tate the unthinkable happened. As Holm drove forward with strikes Miesha managed to grab a hold of her arm and swing to the back. She took Holm down with the time ticking but immediately worked for the rear naked choke. Going for broke Holm rolled forward but Miesha adjusted her position and secured hooks. Tate constricted herself around Holm squeezing with every fibre in her body. With Holm refusing to give up she had no choice but to go to sleep as Miesha Tate defied the odds to become women’s bantamweight champion.

Result

Miesha Tate defeats Holly Holm via Rear Naked Choke. Round 5 (3:30)

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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