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Miesha Tate: Holly Holm's chin is 'suspect,' UFC champ has been wobbled

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You can forget about Holly Holm and Miesha Tate being friends when the cage door closes tomorrow night (Sat., March 5, 2016) on their UFC 196 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event.

Indeed, all pleasantries will be put aside when the women's 135-pound queenpin Holm puts her belt on the line for the first time against "Cupcake" inside MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Open workouts and wild press conferences aside, these two highly dangerous competitors have begun playing the mental game and one woman believes she's got an ace up her sleeve.

Check out Tate's comment from this week's open workout scrum (transcribed by moviepilot.com):

"I think that Holly's chin might be a little bit suspect. I have seen her wobbled a couple times. There were some punches that didn't look like they were anything more than I could deliver, that's for sure. I think that's a little bit questionable, too."

Respectfully, I don't remember Holm ever being in any sort of danger in any of the three UFC bouts she's participated in. With that being said, it definitely brings on questions as to how tough she can be when under fire.

Forget getting getting tagged with a hard shot, "Preacher's Daughter" has yet to lose over the course of her five-year run in mixed martial arts (MMA). The former professional boxing champion has also yet to be tested by any UFC foe, Ronda Rousey included.

As much as she shocked the world with a knockout of the former "Rowdy" champion back in November, there are still some unknowns surrounding Holm and they will surely be answered if Tate has anything to say about it.

The ex-Strikeforce champion has reeled off four wins in-a-row over top quality opponents like former title challengers Sara McMann and Liz Carmouche. Most recently, Tate defeated Jessica Eye via unanimous decision and said that she's as confident as ever in her striking attack.

She's going to need every bit of it -- as well as footwork -- to defeat the knockout artist Holm. After all, there's a lot of money riding on this contest for some people.

For continuous coverage of the entire UFC 196 fight card, including live updates and play-by-play, click here.