“I really think that I’m Holly Holm’s kryptonite. I am the worst matchup that Holly could ask for. I have more ring experience. I have a wrestling background, which is a threat there and it’s a completely different style of takedowns. She has never fought a girl even close to my style in MMA… I’ve looked at all the opponents she fought, none of them have put the kind of pressure on her that I’m going to put on her. The right kind of pressure. It’s not the kind of pressure that’s reckless abandon, its not going to be desperation. It’s going to be an ‘oh (expletive)’ type of pressure. I think stylistically this is the perfect matchup for me and for Holly I know she wants to test herself and she wants to prove she’s the champion. And I have the most respect for her as an athlete for wanting to take on such a big challenge, but at the same time it’s like you’re going to get what you ask for and I don’t know if you’re going to like that.”
-Miesha Tate talks to FoxSports.com about why she’s going to be a nightmare for Holly Holm at UFC 196.
Penick’s Analysis: Tate is stylistically a difficult challenge for Holm, and it’s an intriguing, entertaining fight for that championship. If Holm can avoid the takedowns, she’s got the better striking game and will be a significant threat to finish the fight at any point, but Tate can be competitive there. She’s going to give Holm a tough fight, and she’s probably not going to be easy to put away. Kryptonite? Probably not. Tough test, though? Absolutely.
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