No.2: Miesha Tate vs. Holly Holm
2016 proved to be a rollercoaster ride for Miesha Tate, who experienced both sides of the coin as far as major upsets go over the course of the year.
All of her fights this year were under consideration for this article, but we’ll focus in on UFC 196 in March, as her opponent Holly Holm opened up as much as a 4-1 favorite to win that night in Las Vegas.
While Holm was a perfect 10-0 heading into the title encounter and also had a wealth of experience as a multiple-time boxing champion, it was really her devastating head kick knockout of dominant superstar, Ronda Rousey that had everyone convinced that she was becoming an unstoppable force at 135lbs.
What made Tate’s eventual victory even more shocking was the fact that for the best part of five rounds she was largely coming off second best to ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’, who used her superior movement and striking, together with excellent takedown defense to build a lead on the scorecards.
However, Tate never gave up and her tenacity finally paid off with less than two minutes of the final round remaining as she managed to spin around to get the black clinch and sink in a rear-naked choke.
Despite Hom’s valiant attempts to fight her off, Tate would not be denied and was able to take her to the mat and choke her unconscious to win the title in a dramatic fashion that will live long in the memory.