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5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HOLM, TATE
UFC 196 on Saturday (10 p.m. ET, pay-per view) in Las Vegas will feature co-main events: Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate, and Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz. Five things to know about Holm and Tate:
Record: 10-0 Age: 34
1 It started with cardio. Long before she won the UFC title with a kick that downed champ Ronda Rousey, Holm was just looking to stay fit between soccer seasons when she gave cardio kickboxing a try at age 16. That turned into sparring and, eventually, a successful pro boxing career. Holm taught cardio kickboxing classes for years in her hometown of Albuquerque.
2 Locked in the upright position. Holm has not been taken down in her first three UFC bouts. According to the stats service FightMetric, Holm spent 96.8% of those matches in the standing position, 3% atop the other fighter and 0.2% below the other fighter.
3 Not just “The Preacher’s Daugh
ter.” Holm’s father is a longtime preacher at Edgewood Church of Christ in Albuquerque, hence her nickname, “The Preacher’s Daughter.” But she was once known as “Nay Nay” — a derivative for her middle name, Rene — as a child.
4 Holly Holm Day. After Holm’s shocking win against Rousey, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced that Dec. 6, 2015, would be “Holly Holm Day” in the state. An estimated crowd of 20,000 turned out in Albuquerque for the “Holmcoming” parade.
5 Delayed debut. Holm broke her arm in her final fight for Legacy Fighting Championship in April 2014. That pushed back her UFC debut a few months, although she was all set to fight Raquel Pennington in December of that year. Less than a month before the fight, she was forced to withdraw after suffering a neck injury in training. Her fight against Pennington was rescheduled for February 2015, and Holm won via split decision.
Record: 17-5-0 Age: 29
1 Rasslin’ time. Tate joined the Franklin Pierce High (Tacoma, Wash.) boys wrestling team as a freshman. While she said the coach wasn’t initially keen on having Tate on a team filled with boys, she developed into a standout. Tate won the Washington state girls high school championship — and her team’s coach’s award — as a senior.
2 Takedown master. Tate has 25 takedowns, the most by any UFC women’s bantamweight fighter. (The stats include her fights in Strikeforce, an organization UFC absorbed.) The only fight among her 14 in UFC/Strikeforce in which she failed to complete at least one takedown was against Sara McMann at UFC 183 in January 2015, a bout Tate won via decision.
3 It’s not broken. It didn’t look good after Ronda Rousey contorted Tate’s left arm when the two first faced each other in March 2012. The injury was first reported as a broken arm, but soon after Tate said Rousey’s trademark armbar instead tore several ligaments in her arm. Tate was submitted by the same tactic in a rematch at UFC 168 in December 2013, but she was able to tap out before serious damage was done that time.
4 Early retirement? Tate hinted that she could walk away from the UFC after Holm was tapped to fight Rousey at UFC 193 in November. She had a to wait a few more months, but Tate will get her second UFC title shot at UFC 196.
5 Tenement on wheels. Tate and her longtime boyfriend and training partner, Bryan Caraway, lived in a motor home outside of their gym as the two cobbled together whatever money they could to keep their respective MMA careers going.