The women’s 135 belt changes hands again with Meisha Tate scoring a huge win over Holly Holm on her first title defense.
Let’s have a look at the grappling action!
Ko Soto gake (outside reap) takedown
Meisha times Holly’s left and slips in a jab while shooting in for a high body lock outside reap takedown (ko soto gari) and immediately gets the far side underhook
Holly looks to sit up, but Meisha has drilled this and locks up her head for maximum control.
Holly regains half guard
This is a super effective technique as she scored the same takedown on Ronda Rousey
After being roughed up in half guard, Holly goes for broke and tries to bump and bridge Meisha and roll to her knees
Meisha picks up on the movement and immediately gets a hook in on the back mount and then the second hook
Rear Naked Choke Attempt
After some time defending the back Meisha slips in some punches to her face allowing her to slip in a rear naked choke
Holly defends two hands against Meisha’s right hand
Meisha adjusts by climbing her left hand up to her trap for a one handed rear naked choke
Back take takedown to rear naked choke
Meisha again ducks the left of Holly (possibly eating the shot) going for the body lock but this time slips around to the back for a takedown
Holly stands up with Meisha having only one hook in but is able to secure the rear naked choke with her arms
Holly attempts to chuck her off her back but since Meisha’s arms are sunk in so tight, Holly puts herself in a worse position, Meisha gets her second hook and puts Holly to sleep
Takedown in slow mo:
Rear naked choke from another angle:
Congratulations to Meisha Tate on winning the UFC women’s bantamweight belt! We’re glad she never gave up and upped the level of women’s MMA!
What did you think of her performance and what’s next for Tate?