LAS VEGAS â€“ Less than a year after she was denied a shot at the championship that had been promised to her, Miesha Tate completed an amazing comeback journey with a dramatic submission of Holly Holm Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden.
Tate, who lost her Strikeforce title to bitter rival Ronda Rousey in 2012 and then lost a shot at the UFC belt in 2013, submitted Holm with a rear naked choke at 3:30 of the fifth round.
It was a sensational submission. Tate took Holm down, who fought to stand up. Tate stayed on her and sunk in a rear naked choke. Holm moved over to the cage and then somersaulted forward, flipping Tate over.
Tate, though, didnâ€™t release the hold and when they hit the ground; she kept the choke. She squeezed with all her might and Holm went out at 3:30, making Tate the new champion.
â€œI thought I had to be like a pit bull on a bone,â€ Tate said. â€œI couldnâ€™t let go of it.â€
She didnâ€™t, and she got the most special win of her career as a huge throng in her adopted hometown cheered her triumph wildly.
When the fight ended, her boyfriend, Bryan Caraway, a UFC fighter who also serves as her trainer, raced toward her. Tate jumped into her arms and the two celebrated in the middle of the cage.
The victory was especially sweet for Tate after she got bypassed for the title shot last year. UFC president Dana White had promised that the winner of the Tate-Jessica Eye fight in July would meet Rousey for the title. Tate won and White confirmed that sheâ€™d meet Rousey a third time.
But he thought better of it and several weeks later, changed his mind and gave Holm the shot instead. Tate found out while she was on a movie set with Holm.Â […]