8. Miesha Tate Over HollyHolm
Miesha Tate went into her second UFC title shot with a chip on her shoulder.
Following her win over Jessica Eye at UFC on FOX 16, she had been promised a title shot. Instead, looking for a fresh challenge for then-champion Ronda Rousey, the UFC granted the shot to Holly Holm (more on this later). Holm took advantage, dismantling the previously dominant champion on her way to a second-round knockout.
With Rousey on the shelf for an undetermined amount of time, Holm decided to take on the next challenger. In stepped Tate. After brutalizing Rousey, Holm gained considerable notoriety, and she went into her first title defense as more than a 4-1 favorite over the crafty veteran Tate.
We recently discussed “Cupcake’s” comeback in more detail. After being down on the scorecards entering the final round, Tate secured a takedown, transitioned to the back, and sunk in a rear naked choke to finally capture the UFC bantamweight championship.