Sunday, March 06, 2016

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Miesha Tate vs Holly Holm

Here's the match video of Holly Holm's first UFC Bantamweight Championship defense against Miesha Tate. I did not watch the fight live as I was at a jazz concert. So the promotion for this fight was "Is Holly Holm a one hit wonder?". I believe there was a lot of luck going her way to defeat Ronda Rousey. Luck plays a bigger role in MMA than some would like to admit. And she gave a perfect performance in that fight. She has to prove that she can do it again. After last night's fight, the answer is a resounding no. Holly was way too conservative in this fight. What happened to the risks she took against Ronda? Even if this fight had gone the distance, it might have ended up a draw. And this fight also brings up the judges reluctance to score tie rounds. Because if you watch this fight, rounds one, three and four could all be scored as tie rounds but all three judges scored them 10-9 for Holly. Neither fighter did much of anything in any of those rounds. It was all light sparring. After round two when Miesha took Holly down and got side control and then a rear naked choke at the end of the round, Holly was very reluctant to do anything. And that's how Miesha won this fight. She thought she was behind on the scorecards and needed to get a finish. Holly's lack of aggression played right into Miesha's hands and Miesha put Holly to sleep with a rear naked choke. Congratulations to Miesha Tate on winning the UFC Bantamweight Champion. UFC president Dana White says Ronda Rousey gets the first title shot this fall. Ronda didn't even see the fight. She was at a PWG wrestling show in Los Angeles. This loss certainly raises questions about Holly Holm being a fluke. She certainly needs to perform better than she did in this fight. Enjoy the video.

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