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Now after, UFC 197, there will only be two more cards left until the 200th UFC card since the very first one, back on November 12th, 1993. Fast forward 23 years, and the UFC will have their very first event in the Madison Square Garden.
Anyways, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Mixed Martial Arts in general has really grown over the twenty some odd years. Some fighters have come and gone such as Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, and the list goes on and on. Now, the UFC is ruled by the likes of Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo, The Diaz’s and Jon Jones. Some exciting knockouts, or some stellar wrestling. Even a few upsets here or there. The main thing is, the UFC has produced some talented fighters and have created some entertaining cards.
On July 9th, 2016, fight fans from across the world, will tune in to watch history be made. It may not be the desired main event, as Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz square off for the second time. Here today, I will share the fight that excites me the most.
Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes
When I heard that Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes would fight at UFC 200, I immediately thought about it. Why Nunes? Where did the Holm rematch go? Then I realized.
Conor McGregor/Nate Diaz and Jose Aldo/Frankie Edgar were already rematches scheduled for the card and if they added Tate/Holm 2 in the mix as well, UFC 200: McGregor vs Diaz, would become UFC 200: Rematch City or UFC 200: Rematches For Days. Something like that.
But Holly Holm never once defended her crown. Tate finished Holm in the fifth round in a fight that could have gone either way. Holly didn’t do enough to defend her belt, meaning a rematch isn’t really deserved. Miesha Tate has won her last five fights, all by decision, except of course the last one. Tate was outstruck by Holm 59-40, but Tate hit two takedowns.
With wins over Liz Carmouche, Rin Nakai, Sara McMann, and Jessica Eye, Miesha has shown improvements in her striking. Three out of those five wins, Tate won in the striking category. She also managed to land a takedown in every fight except the Sara McMann fight.
Her opponent, Amanda Nunes, is on a three fight winning streak. Nunes however, finished all but one fight in her streak. She outstruck Shayna Baszler 15-1 before knocking her out in the first round. Nunes submitted Sara McMann in round one, where she outstruck McMann 27-2 before the fight concluded.
And in the same card that Tate earned her title, Amanda defeated Valentina Shevchenko by unanimous decision. Nunes landed 39 total strikes, landed two successful takedown, attempted 2 submissions, and executed 4 ground transitions during that fight.
If Miesha can avoid the powerful shots of Nunes, and can possibly bring her to the mat, then the fight is up in the air. But it only takes one shot via Nunes to drop Tate, and that could be the difference maker. Both athletes feel confident and on their high horse with some recent victories. This fight will show how good their camps are and if they can create a good enough game plan for either fighter to execute.
Now, the entire card so far is looking quite exciting, but it is all talk right now. We will have to wait until July 9th to see if the fighters will show up, or back down.