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TUF 17 Finale Tate vs. Zingano Recap: Zingano Defeats Tate to Secure TUF 18 Coaching Slot and Title Shot

Gary A. Vasquez - USA TODAY Sports

Gary A. Vasquez – USA TODAY Sports

MMAFrenzy’s coverage of the UFC’s TUF 17 Finale rolls along with our recap of an important WMMA bout between former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano. With a UFC women’s bantamweight title shot on the line, Cat Zingano would defeat Miesha Tate in a classic bout. The victory also nets Zingano a coaching slot on The Ultimate Fighter 18.

Zingano Crushes Tate in a Classic

Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate brought their absolute best tonight in the Octagon. Tate would control the first part of their all out slugfest but “Alpha Cat” would rally in a big way in the second round. Cat would avoid a submission assault from Tate and once she took top position she hammered “Cupcake” with punches and elbows until the end of the round.

In the third, Zingano secured an early takedown and began to seize control of the fight. Tate would work up, but a perfectly timed knee from Zingano dropped her to the canvas. Tate would try to recover and stand again but then ate a series of knees punctuated by an elbow that forced referee Kim Winslow to call the fight.


Rd. 1- Fighters waste no time as Tate is looking for the takedown early. Punches by both fighters and a takedown by Cat. Big exchange (technical difficulties). Tate with some nice elbows as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Tate

Rd. 2- Zingano misses a flying knee and a whip back and Tate has a takedown. Tate with an armbar but Zingano works out. This is the best Tate we’ve seen in awhile but she gets swept. Tate tries a heel hook but Zingano is patient and starts elbowing the legs of Tate. Zingano steps over and now has Tate in a deep half. Big rights from Cat here. Tate finally works up after eating a ton of damage and misses a takedown. Big shots by Zingano as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Zingano (19-19).

Rd. 3 – Wicked left from Zingano stops a Tate kick. Blast double by Zingano and she works some elbows as Tate tries to land an arm bar. Partial mount by Zingano and she lands more strikes. Tate works out and ends up in a front headlock. Nice snatches of the FHL by Zingano and Tate rolls to side control to make it stop. Big shots by Zingano from the top. Huge lefts by Zingano. Tate works up but gets dropped by a knee. Tate back up and she eats some brutal knees and referee Kim Winslow mercifully steps in. Tate is a bloody mess.

Cat Zingano def. Miesha Tate via TKO (knees) at 2:55 of Round 3

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