Going into the bout, most people understood that the rugged Tate could present some issues for Holm, but the latter was a sizeable favorite any ways. The argument being that Holm’s footwork, athleticism and vaunted striking game would be too much for Tate.
Well, Tate was able to put her grappling skills into action, and choked out Holm in round five. Following the loss, the now former champ told FOX Sports the following (quote via press release):
“I’ve got to go back to the drawing board and get better. I’ve got to keep improving. I thought I had rounds 1, 3, 4 and 5. I made a big mistake and let me guard down.”
“I know the biggest mistake: I wasn’t fighting the hands and shouldn’t have let her get under me. I knew that going into the fight. I’m fine. My heart hurts. I just want to get back in there and get it back.”
It will be interesting to see where Holm goes from here. There’s no question that she remains a ridiculously dangerous fighter, but Tate was able to capitalize on some of the holes in Holm’s overall game.
Holm was ahead on the scorecards leading into round five, but the rounds she won were quite close. That was largely because Tate wasn’t overly aggressive, and as a result, Holm’s counters didn’t play the same role that they did against Rousey.
Chances are, however, that Holm’s going to be back, knocking on the title shot door fairly soon. After all, if Rousey can reclaim the title, and if Holm wins her next bout, you know the UFC is going to book that rematch.