Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 3/5/16
Miesha Tate vs. Holly Holm
UFC: Saturday, March 5, 2016 (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
The Line: Miesha Tate +285 / Holly Holm -345 Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
Holly Holm and Miesha Tate fight late Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Holly Holm enters this fight with a 10-0 record and is winning 70 percent of her fights by knockout. This will be Holm’s fourth fight since 2015, and she’s coming off a November win over Ronda Rousey. Holm is averaging 4.09 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Holm is averaging 0.83 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 100 percent. Holm is a striker at heart who has a deep boxing background and showed in her last fight she’s capable of landing vicious kicks. Holm is going to be extremely tough to beat if she’s allowed to fight standing up. The concern with Holm is her grappling game, as she’s not 100 percent comfortable on the canvas. This is Holm’s first MMA fight in Las Vegas.
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Miesha Tate enters this fight with a 17-5 record and has won 47 percent of her fights by decision. Tate has won her last four fights and is coming off a July win over Jessica Eye. Tate is averaging 2.04 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43 percent. Tate is averaging 2.31 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 35.7 percent. Tate is a pretty polished grappler and wrestler, and she has six submission victories under her belt. Tate likes to wear down her opponent and find an opening when she can to put the fight away. The concern with Tate is that she gets tired rather quickly and doesn’t stand a chance in terms of striking. This will be Tate’s fourth fight in Las Vegas.
Tate’s lack of cardio is a concern for me, and her inability to land consistent and accurate strikes makes her a fish out of water in this fight. Holm’s only concern will be staying on her feet against a fighter who wants this on the canvas as much as possible. On the flipside, it’s going to take just one good punch to end this thing.
Look for Holm to win this fight rather easily, as this one could get ugly.