Since Ronda Rousey defeated Miesha Tate not once, but twice, many believe Holly Holm shouldn’t have too much difficulty defending the bantamweight belt at UFC 197. But according to the new champ’s coach, Tate poses different and serious challenges that Rousey does not.
Although the fight hasn’t been officially announced, recently it’s been reported that Holm will face Tate on March 5th. The news comes after it was revealed that Holm’s camp was pushing to get her another fight, before Rousey possibly returns to action this summer. Originally, the UFC brass had said they wanted to book an immediate rematch between Holm and Rousey for UFC 200 in July.
Well, recently Holm’s striking coach, Mike Winkeljohn, spoke to Submission Radio. The renowned coach had this to say while discussing the similarities and differences between Rousey and Tate (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“It was the hardest in that [Holm] was up against this legendary status and the pressure was incredible,” Winkeljohn said while referring to the Rousey fight. “Although, being the underdog takes a lot of pressure off you. There’s different styles out there. Miesha Tate is going to scramble all day long while Ronda was trying to get quick submissions. There’s a difference in how that plays out. In many ways, Miesha is more dangerous than Ronda Rousey.”
“Not overall, but for different parts of the fight, there are women out there that can be tougher than Ronda Rousey. In the scramble? I think Miesha Tate is better than Ronda Rousey.”
That’s an interesting way to look at it, and chances are there are folks who agree with Winkeljohn’s assessment. Styles make fights, and applying MMA math -fighter A beat B who in turn beat C, so A should beat C, doesn’t always play out.
But, based off the footwork and explosiveness Holm showcased against Rousey, it’s not surprising the consensus is she’ll take out Tate at UFC 197.
UFC 197 is also expected to feature a lightweight bout between 145 champ Conor McGregor and 155 champ Rafael dos Anjos. The card will take place in Las Vegas.