Miesha Tate says coaches told her exactly how to win Holly Holm fight at UFC 196

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Prior to her technical submission at UFC 196, Holly Holm was ahead on points on the scorecards to Miesha Tate in her UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship defense.

However, due to Holm passing out from a rear-naked choke hold by Tate in the fifth round, it was her opponent who would walk out of the octagon with the title around her waist. 

The new Women's Bantamweight Champion believes Holly was cracking under the pressure when she was taken down in the second round of the contest, according to Fight Network, via MMA Fighting.


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She said: "I think she just crumbled under the pressure when I took her down in that second round. 

"My coaches and Bryan [Caraway] actually told me, 'She's either going to stay down and be so scared about being submitted that you're going to ground and pound her and beat her up or she's going to try desperately to get up. Because your top pressure is so heavy she's going to be forced to leave something out there and you're going to grab it and you're going to submit this girl.'

"We saw both cases. In the second round she stayed down there and took some heavy ground and pound. In the fifth round she definitely didn't want to get stuck down there again so she tried to zealously get up and I saw the opening and I took it. We planned for that and we assumed that was going to happen."

Obviously, this was the right call for Tate and her team to make as she walked out as the new champion, ending Holm's 111 days at the top of the division from when she defeated Ronda Rousey at UFC 193.

Speaking of Rousey, Holm's team was criticized by Dana White for not waiting for a rematch of UFC 193 and picking to fight Tate instead. However, Miesha admires Holly for her decision because it kept her active in the division.

"I think Holly took the advice of her coaches who she trusts with everything. They said, 'Holly, you've always been an active fighter. Let's not change who you are now that you're the champion because that's when you're going to lose sight of who you are.'

"I think the idea was to keep her grounded just the same as if she wasn't the champion. Fighting often, through the top 10 and I admire that. I respect that. I think that's what any champion should do. She didn't want to wait. She wanted to get in there and prove why she was the best in the world.

"It didn't work out for her this time but that's the mindset that makes a champion. You're not going to win every fight in this sport but she has the mentality of a champion and that's why she beat Ronda.

"If she would have said, 'I'm not ready to fight Ronda' she would have missed that opportunity. She's just the kind of woman who wants to stay ready, be ready and she's passionate about this. I have a lot of respect for her and I don't think it was a mistake. I think she's going to learn from it and she'll come back better."

Tate is expected to put her championship on the line at UFC 200 later this year against either Rousey or Holm. 

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