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UFC 196 live blog: Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate

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Holly Holm and Miesha Tate will square off at the UFC 196 co-main event Saturday night.
Holly Holm and Miesha Tate will square off at the UFC 196 co-main event Saturday night.
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This is the UFC 196 live blog for Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate, a bantamweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Holm, who is 10-0 in her career, will face Tate, who has four wins in her past five fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 196 live blog below.

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Round 1: The referee is charge of the action is John McCarthy. Holm is southpaw while Tate is orthodox. Both fighters doing lots of feinting and moving, but no one has landed anything yet. Then Holm lands a side kick to the body. Tate catches a kick from Holm, but Holm stuffs the takedown and eats a punch for that. One-two scores for Tate and Holm shoves her backwards. Both fighters exchange punches. Lunging one-two partially lands for Holm. Side kick again scores for Holm. Decent left hook manages to score for Tate. Head kick is blocked by Tate. Another side kick scores for Holm.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Holm

Round 2:
Tate is more aggressive and charging forward, but Holm is moving out of the way. Tate times a double and gets it and now is working from a modified half guard. Tate's landing elbows on top. Holm tries to move to the fence and is making progress, but still struggling. Hard elbows from Tate. Holm spins to her base, but Tate takes her back. Tate snatches Holm off of her base and nearly submits her, but Holm hangs on.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Tate

Round 3: Tate's feinting and moving forward, but so far hasn't landed anything. Left hand from Holm just grazes. Solid right hand snaps Tate's head back. Tate attempts the clinch again, but Holm stuffs it. and quickly separates. Holm whiffs on a hook kick, but is controlling the center. Left hand from Holm sticks Tate. Oblique kick from Holm also continues to land. The two flurry, but Holm lands a side kick to back up Tate. Tate shoots from outside, but Holm stuffs is pretty easily.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Holm

Round 4: The two exchange jabs to open the round. Holm scores with a left and a side kick as she pressures. Tate catches a Holm kick, but can't get the takedown and Tate is being pressed into the fence. Holm whips Tate in a semi circle and they separate. Tate eats another left hand and is pushed back. Tate tries to pressure Holm, but Holm is evasive. Tate shoots and is stuffed and lands a shot on the exit. Holm times Tate coming in with a right hook and circles way. Front kick to the face and a one-two score for Holm.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Holm

Round 5: Tate is pressuring hard and manages to sneak in a left hook. Holm scores with an oblique kick in response, plus a left hand. Tate shoots again from the outside, but can get nowhere. Tate backs Holm into the fence for a takedown, but Holm stuffs it and separates. Holm lands a side kick and Tate rushes in for a takedown, but no dice. Tate spins on a takedown attempt to the back and secures a choke. Holm stands  and tries to throw Tate off of her, but they roll forward and the choke is still in. That's it. Tate puts Holm to sleep in a fight she was surely losing.

Miesha Tate def. Holly Holm via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:30 of round 5