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Saturday, Apr 13, 2013

Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” Miesha Tate, Cat Zingano Look to Steal the Show at Ultimate Fighter Finale

Miesha Tate

By Joshua Molina

The second women’s fight in the history of the UFC happens tonight, without the fanfare that followed the debut of Ronda Rousey.

Miesha “Cupcake” Tate battles Cat Zingango in a fight with huge implications. The winner gets a shot at UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey.

Perhaps more importantly the winner will coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter against Rousey and enjoy the exposure of weekly television.

The mainstream sports knows of Ronda Rousey, but what the mainstream sports world doesn’t know yet is that Tate is probably the best overall, pound-for-pound female in the world.

Rousey has the best armbar in the business, but that’s all she’s got. That’s all she’s ever needed.

Tate, the former Strikeforce champ, has great Jui-Jitsu, striking and Muay Thai.

In her first fight with Rousey, she took the former Olympian the deepest she’s ever been in the first round, and nearly lost  her left arn along the way.

But on the whole, Tate has more skills than Rousey, and if she can avoid the armbar, she could upset her.

First, she must beat the undefeated Cat Zingano 7-0, who is hungry, smart and skilled.

She’s also strong in Jiu-Jitsu and likes to finish fights.

It’s not a sterotype or sexist to say that woman always put on the most exciting fights on an MMA card.

For whatever reason, they typically fight with a greater sense of urgency, and are less likely to fight purely defensive fights.

On a night when two better-known Uriahs enter the cage, expect Tate and Zingano to steal the show and it’s very likely the winner will also be the next UFC women’s champion.

posted by JoshuaM @ 7:47 pm
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