Tate has been tapped to fight Holm after weeks of speculation as to what the UFC was going to do next, after the latter KO’d Ronda Rousey in November. She’s also been awarded the opportunity after she was expected to fight Rousey for a third time, but then the UFC went with Holm instead.
“Without giving away too much of the gameplan, obviously footwork is an important part of it. I just think that Holly is a stellar fighter. She proved that you can’t underestimate anyone in this game. I think that we’re putting together a really solid gameplan to fight her. I’m sure it’s going to be a hell of a fight. She’s amazing, she’s undefeated, she’s the champion so I know I really have to bring it to her to try and take it away from her. Holly brings something to the table that I’ve never had to face before. Her boxing level, and kickboxing level are the most elite in the division hands down. She’s dynamic and knows how to move.”
That’s an assessment a lot of people share. It will be interesting to see how Tate looks to shut down the stand-up game of Holm, and whether she can. Rousey didn’t have much luck in closing the distance and clinching up, and when she did, Holm was able to defend.
Tate hasn’t fought since July when she decisioned Jessica Eye to record her fourth straight win.
UFC 197 will go down on March 5th, and in the main event, featherweight champ Conor McGregor will take on lightweight champ, Rafael dos Anjos.