Miesha Tate pulled off the upset at UFC 196 on Saturday (March 5), when she submitted Holly Holm via a rear naked choke… to become the new UFC bantum women’s champion.
Through five rounds, it was Holm who controlled most of the action with her jabs and leg kicks. Tate did land a takedown in the second round and nearly landed a rear-naked choke, but the champ was able to break free and keep her opponent at bay, while stuffing any takedowns moving forward.
That is until the final round, when Tate became increasing aggressive in takedown attempts, and eventually gets it and gets on Holm’s back, grabbing her at the neck and choking her out… at 3:30 in the fifth.
“I knew I had to finish the fight. I knew I had to be perfect in the fifth round,” said Tate (18-5) after the fight. “Not many people wouldn’t tap out. She went out like a champion.”
The loss is the first of Holm’s career, and comes just three months after she shocked the world with a knockout victory of Ronda Rousey.
For Tate, it’s her fifth consecutive win in the UFC and seventh win by submission in her career.