Miesha Tate: ‘If anybody could beat Cris Cyborg, it’s Holly Holm’
Miesha Tate believes Holly Holm has the best chance of pulling off an upset against Cris Cyborg, according to Bloodyelbow.
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, who retired from the sport after having lost to Raquel Pennington last November, believes Holly Holm could be the one to dethrone Justino.
“Of anybody that I can think to fight Cyborg to right now, that has the best chance, I honestly, truly believe that it’s Holly [Holm],” Tate said, per MMA Mania’s Dan Hiergesell. “The reason I say that is, if Cyborg cannot get a hold of Holly, if she recklessly chases her down — similar to how Ronda [Rousey] did, not using the correct angles — if she follows her like a missile, which she does in every fight I’ve ever seen before. That’s how she hunts girls down because she can. With Holly, that’s not a good idea. She can cut through those angles. She’s an amazing counter striker and if she lands that head kick, I think she can put anybody away. So stylistically, this makes for a really, really interesting fight.”
“If Cyborg gets a hold of her and throws her down to the ground, obviously Holly’s in trouble. She’s in big trouble,” Tate explained. “But I can truly attest to how amazing Holly’s footwork is and just how difficult she is to get a hold of, how hard it is to do that. You really have to throw everything to the wayside just to try to grab her. I think I got two takedowns on her in our five rounds and I’m smaller. I think I’m a little speedier than Cyborg is even. Cyborg’s really, really strong but she’s not necessarily the fastest woman in the world. She doesn’t tend to shoot a lot out in the open so I think to press Holly against the cage or to overwhelm Holly is going to be a difficult task, I really do.”
Cyborg is scheduled to defend her featherweight title against Holly Holm at UFC 219.