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UFC 200 Fight Preview: Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes

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Is it just me, or is it odd to anyone else that UFC 200 features a Women’s Bantamweight Championship fight, but no Holly Holm or Ronda Rousey? It seems odd to me, but Amanda Nunes has done what it takes to earn the title shot. She’s only lost once in the UFC to Cat Zingano (who also holds a victory over Tate and is fighting on the undercard of this event against Julianna Pena) and has won three in a row. Miesha Tate has been around the top level of the division forever and finally got the gold when he stopped Holly Holm in the fifth round of their UFC 196 classic. This could be a good clash, but I feel it will be one sided.

Miesha Tate
UFC Record: 5-2
MMA Record: 18-5

Noteable Wins:
Holly Holm (SUB, RNC  – 3.5.16)
Sara McMann (MD – 1.3.15)
Marloes Coenen (SUB, Arm Triangle Choke – 7.30.11)

Also of Note:
Former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion
Won Strikeforce one-night tournament
10-career finishes

Amanda Nunes
UFC Record: 5-1
MMA Record: 12-4

Noteable Wins:
Valentina Shevchenko (UD – 3.5.16)
Sara McMann (SUB, RNC – 8.8.15)
Julia Budd (KO, 1.7.11)

Also of Note:
75% career KO rate
Holds a 4″ reach advantage over Tate

Champion Miesha Tate has decent hands, great wrestling, and good submissions. What she does do, perhaps better than anyone else in the division however is survive. She is durable and tough as a two dollar steak. She simply doesn’t fold up and go home when the going gets rough. I love that about her. Her inherent toughness is just so endearing. I think it is something a lot of wrestlers have. It’s a grit and determination formed at early morning practices, cutting weight, and is an advantage high school wrestlers carry with them for life. Miesha is the rare combination of tough, and talented.

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Amanda Nunes is a tough, tough lady. She has a well rounded game, and has won three in a row, two via stoppage. She comes into this fight with Tate very confident in her abilities and rightfully so. Her win over Sara McMann was really impressive as she dropped McMann with a perfect three punch combination, followed her down and choked her out. She also stopped the uber-tough Shayna Baszler inside of 2 minutes and in her last outing, defeated the game Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision. She brings good punching, and submissions into this championship match.

In my opinion, this is one of those fights where both fighters are good, but one is just significantly better. Miesha Tate might have to weather the storm early, as Nunes will come out striking up a storm. She might tag Tate, and even bloody her nose, but Tate will eventually take the fight to the canvas and begin to ply her trade. I just don’t see Nunes having the strength to overcome Tate on the ground, and I expect Tate to defend her title via submission in the latter rounds of the fight.

Dan has been writing about the sport of MMA for the last 15+ years. During this time, he's met amazing fighters, and awesome friends sitting cage-side covering MMA. The memories and relationships are payment for his passion. Dan got his start as a featured writer for Sherdog.com and now serves as owner and co-host with Evan Shoman and Dion Harrison of The Crimson Canvas Podcast, on the Fight Booth Podcast network. Dan is also a part time contributor to FightBooth.com with pro wrestling, and MMA articles. He thanks Dave Reno for the opportunity and for years of friendship and support.

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