Miesha Tate wasn’t sure if she would ever get another crack at becoming the UFC bantamweight champion.
So, with minutes left, Tate found an opening and attacked, becoming – as she described – a “pit bull on a bone” in earning the fifth round submission over Holly Holm at UFC 196 Saturday night.
“I knew I had to finish the fight,” she said. “I had to find the perfect time and I had to be perfect in the fifth round.
“I knew the fifth round was important.”
Tate, who almost locked up a rear-naked choke on Holm (10-1) in the second round, told Joe Rogan “I’ve waited so long to hear you (call me champion).”
“I feel like we had the perfect plan,” she added. “I just had to be patient and push into those rounds. I knew I had to play it patient and wait for the perfect moment.”
Holm, a former world boxing champion, stunned the MMA world when she knocked out Ronda Rousey last November in Australia.