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VIDEO.- Miesha Tate snatches the UFC title from Holly Holm

The big surprise jumped tonight in the world of martial arts after the American Miesha Tate became the new bantamweight champion by defeating the title from her compatriot Holly Holm.
The longest women’s fight in UFC history was defined in the fifth round in favor of Tate after he placed a foot and back brace on Holm, and when his rival tried to get away he squeezed more in the throat.
Holm fainted and appeared to be knocked unconscious by Tate’s choke hold. Holm was back on his feet shortly after, and Tate praised his defeated rival.
“There aren’t a lot of people who wouldn’t have given up,” said 29-year-old Tate. “She fell like a champion and that has as much or more merit as if she had won me.”
Holm got off to a good start in his first title defense bout since toppled media star, compatriot Ronda Rousey, with a knockout from a crushing kick to the head last November in Australia.
During the first three rounds, the defending bantamweight champion overwhelmed Tate with punches, which hit her target.
But everything changed when Tate made a desperate attempt to prevail and got behind Holm, who fought fiercely to free herself, but ended up defeated.
Tate submitted Holm with a decisive guillotine to the neck after going virtually down on the scorecards 49-48.
The new champion entered the select group of Strikeforce and UFC champions in what was the stellar women’s fight of the evening at UFC 196.
Tate improved his professional record to 18-5, while Holm, 34, lost undefeated with his first loss in 11 fights in the UFC.
In the third fight before Tate and Holm, at light heavyweight, Kosovo Albanian Ilir Latifi edged American Gian Villante by unanimous decision after three rounds.
Latifi dominated the match from the start and the judges awarded her identical favorable cards 30-27.
In a light heavyweight fight, American Corey Anderson defeated his compatriot Tom Lawlor by unanimous decision with cards 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
While in the first fight of the night, the Brazilian Amanda Nunes also won by unanimous decision the Peruvian Valentina Shevchenko with cards of 29-27.

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