If Miesha Tate and Holly Holm were to fight 100 times, I think neither would win more than 60 of those fights. I think it would be close. I also think that this number is dumb because 100 fights in a lifetime would probably do some serious damage to anybody.
But you get what I'm trying to say...
Here's what Tate told Fight Network's John Pollock.
"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."
Holm and her team have been criticized by UFC president Dana White over the decision to fight Tate rather than wait for a rematch with Ronda Rousey, but Tate admires her for it.
"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."
Here's the video of this all going down:
What do you think?
Who wins the rematch between Miesha Tate and Holly Holm?