Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight elites Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes clashed last night (Sat., July 9, 2016) at UFC 200 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In a rather surprising turn of events, Miesha Tate wound up headlining UFC 200. It’s been a long and rough journey for the champion, but there’s no opportunity in the UFC more high-profile or rewarding than being the main event of a mega-event like this.
That’s all well and good, but Nunes was intent on ending her opponent’s rise and walking out with the strap. Considering "Lioness" ferocious early rounds assault, that was a definite possibility.
After a patient start, Tate caught a low kick and turned it into a takedown, but Nunes exploded up to her feet immediately. After failing on another takedown attempt, Nunes began to find her range and land with some hard jabs and crosses.
Before long, Tate was bloodied up and stumbling around. She dropped to her knees a couple times and kept absorbing shots eventually resulting in a desperation takedown. Nunes reversed her easily, gaining top position and hunting for back mount.
Before long, Nunes had both hooks locked in and was putting a lot of pressure on her opponent. Slipping the arm under the neck, the Brazilian managed to become a champion with a hard squeeze.
This was the ideal result for Nunes. As one of the few large women in her division with solid athleticism, she’s always been dangerous early on. Very few women punch with her kind of impact, and she’s an amazing finisher on the mat as well.
On the whole, Nunes has always been a well-rounded and dangerous fighter. The only flaw in her game has been conditioning, but that doesn’t matter when she smashes her opponent inside a few minutes.
Next up for the champion there are a few options. For one, Ronda Rousey is always a factor. Additionally, Julianna Pena won a major victory tonight, and Holly Holm vs Valentina Shevchenko will produce a solid contender as well.
Either way, Nunes has her hands full.
This was a bit of a frustrating performance by Tate. She looked to time her takedowns nicely, which was smart, but she simply seemed to lackadaisical against an extremely dangerous opponent.
The focus in the first round should’ve been on surviving. Ideally, Tate would’ve used more movement to draw her opponent out into easier shots and make her foe work. Instead, she allowed herself to be corralled along the fence and battered.
It was a rough end to her title reign.
On the bright side, the division is still wide open at the moment. The title has been changing hands quickly, and Tate could find herself fighting for the belt sooner rather than later.
Last night, Amanda Nunes blitzed through Miesha Tate inside the opening minutes. How long can the Brazilian hang onto her crown?
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