Miesha Tate became the new UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion when she defeated Holly Holm for the title at UFC 196.
Inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Tate caused Holm to pass out in the fifth round of the contest with a rear-naked choke hold, and the referee had to put a stop to the fight due to the technical submission. This was Holly's first ever loss in her UFC career.
This was Miesha's first ever championship win in UFC, and she was also given the Performance of the Night award, entitling her to an extra $50,000 on top of her match earnings. UFC president Dana White is already looking ahead towards her future and said her next contender will be Ronda Rousey.
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He said, according to ESPN: "I think that Ronda now will fight Miesha Tate for the title. That's what's going to happen. That's what I said before this fight even happened. Whoever wins tonight will fight Ronda for the title.
"I text Ronda, and she said, 'What happened?' I said, 'Miesha just choked her unconscious.' She said, 'Looks like I gotta get back to work.'"
The Washington-state fighter's win came out of nowhere, as Holm was the strong favorite entering this fight. She was expected to retain and have a rematch against Rousey later this year. However, that clash now appears to be off for the time being, as Ronda will now challenge Miesha to try and win the Women's Bantamweight title back.
If the match between the two women takes place, this will be very familiar territory for both fighters as they have faced each other twice before.
The last meeting was at UFC 168 in December 2013, where Rousey successfully defended the Women's Bantamweight title against Tate via an armbar submission hold in the third round. This is the last time Miesha has lost a fight.
This was also Ronda's third successful championship defense since the championship became her's in December 2012. She would go on to defend the title successfully a further three times before losing to Holm at UFC 193, which took place in November last year.
Since that loss, there were questions if Rousey would ever return to UFC, or if she would retire from the sport and go and film movies or perhaps even join the WWE. Those rumors appear to have been dismissed if you go by what White said this past weekend.
Dana has also said he doesn't expect the clash to take place until later this year, and he will also ask Rousey if she will fight against Holm before her championship bout takes place.
Holly has also said she would like a rematch against Tate, so the clash between Holm and Rousey could ultimately determine who goes on to face Miesha for the title.
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