Holly Holm Open to Miesha Tate Rematch

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The former bantamweight champion, Holly Holm has said that she’s open to a rematch with the returning, Miesha Tate. Having lost her title to Tate back in 2016, Holm suffered her first professional MMA loss on the same night.

Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate 1

UFC 196‘s co-main event was the stage for the champion Holly Holm to take on challenger, Miesha Tate. Holm was coming into the bout sitting at 10-0, coming off the monumental win over Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. Tate was riding a four-fight winning run, defeating names including Sara McCann, Jessica Eye and Liz Carmouche. This fight was a cracker but certainly went under the radar as Nate Diaz defeated Conor McGregor in the main event.

In the first round, Holly Holm was able to keep Tate on the end of her long kicks and punches, preventing any takedowns. The second round was the complete opposite. Tate managed to get Holm early, dominate the champion and almost lock in a rear-naked choke. Achieving 4:30 control time, Tate dominated the second round.

The third and fourth rounds were massively unsuccessful for Tate, failing on a total of four takedown attempts. Landing 20 strikes to Holm’s 38, Holly Holm appeared to be entering the final round 3-1 up on the scorecards.

With just two minutes left of the fight, Tate took Holm’s back and consequently locked in a rear-naked choke. With Holm valiantly punching and not tapping out, Tate choked the champion out to secure the belt with just a minute and a half left of the fight.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 5: Miesha Tate celebrates her submission victory over Holly Holm after their women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 196 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate 2?

Speaking to ESPN+’s, Laura Sanko, (Transcribed by MMAJunkie) Holly Holm stated:
My plan is to compete for the belt, so if that fight [The Miesha Tate rematch] ends up being on the way there, then absolutely”.

“I always like to avenge losses no matter what, so yes, I would like to do that, but I think sometimes you can get so fixated on one fight that you’re not focused on whatever is coming your way”.

“Whatever gets you to the belt, that’s my ultimate goal and it would be awesome if I could go through and do it all. Avenge my loss (to Tate), then go to the belt”.

Holly Holm was scheduled to face Juliana Pena at UFC on ESPN 24, however, the former champion was forced to withdraw as a result of kidney swelling. She’s scheduled to have surgery on the issue and shouldn’t be out for too long. Holly Holm’s most recent performance was one of the most dominant of her career. She dominated Irene Aldana on her way to the first back-to-back victories in her career since 2015.

Miesha Tate announced her return to the UFC, set for July 17th. Prior to her ‘retirement’, Tate defeated Holm to realise her dream and capture the bantamweight title in her second attempt. She was then dominated in the main event of the historic UFC 200, by the consensus GOAT, Amanda Nunes. Tate returned again on a historic card, UFC 205. This time she suffered another loss to Raquel Pennington and subsequently retired.

If this bout goes ahead, sign us up. The first fight delivered and the second fight would likely do the same!


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