The lone women’s MMA fight on the UFC 183 card topped the preliminary show. It was worthy of the coverage, as Miesha Tate and Sara McMann near another shot a Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Tate, # 2, lost twice to Rousey, while McMann, # 3, was once forced into submission by MMA’s first lady. Both want another title shot, and the winner stands in a position where such an opportunity couldn’t deny them. A win at UFC 173 was a must.
Sara McMann took the initiative in the opening seconds, landing a huge right hand that sent the former Strikeforce champ tumbling.
McMann would control the remainder of the round, gaining top position on the ground and pouring on some pound.
Miesha Tate had much greater fortune in round two. After McMann ate a hard right hand of Tate’s, the tables were turned. Tate scored a takedown and nearly forced a submission after almost a minute of effort — and good defending by McMann.
The third saw Tate seal her comeback. The world-ranked female pinned McMann to the canvas and unloaded punched and elbows. For most of the round, Tate controlled body position and left McMann without answers.
The judges scored the contest 29-28, 29-27, 28-28 — a deserved majority decision for “Cupcake” Tate. With the UFC 183 victory, she is now back into the title picture, and ready for that trilogy with the champ — or a rematch with Cat Zingano.