After more than five years away from the cage, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate will make her return to action later tonight (Sat., July 17, 2021) to face off against Marion Reneau in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 31 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Before then, let’s take a trip down Memory Lane to see “Cupcake’s” last win inside the Octagon, which was the biggest of her mixed martial arts (MMA) career. In March 2016, Tate found herself squaring off against Holly Holm at UFC 196, who at the time was the division champion and was coming off a stellar knockout win over Ronda Rousey. Tate, meanwhile, was on a four-fight win streak with her last loss coming against Rousey.
Throughout the fight, both women had shining moments with Holm utilizing her boxing, while Tate evaded as best she could to control the fight with her wrestling. It was truly a close fight throughout the first 23 minutes of the fight before Tate was able to lock in a rear-naked choked with 90 seconds remaining in the bout, putting the former boxing champion down for an early nap.
Of course, Tate’s title run was short-lived because she ran into Amanda Nunes in her first defense, losing via first round submission. Tate then went on to lose to Raquel Pennington in her next fight and eventually called it a career. Now, she is looking to return to her winning ways five years removed from her last fight.
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