It wasn’t as easy of a fight as you would expect for Miesha, whose record was tarnished last year when she fought and lost to both Rousey and Cat Zingano.
At 5’1″ and 135 pounds of pure muscle, Rin Nakai is probably the most formidable women’s MMA opponent in Japan, but her much shorter reach proved too great an obstacle to overcome, with 5’6″ Tate out-grappling and out-striking her every time.
The fairly fast-paced fight went to the third round, when most expected to see an early KO or submission from the super versatile Tate, who has finished opponents with everything from armbars to head kicks. Ultimately, Nakai underestimated the woman who took Ronda Rousey to a third round, and the judges took notice.
Still, I couldn’t help but think Nakai would have won if Miesha was the same size as her…
Random Fact: “Muscle fetish” star Nakai promotes her fights with really bizarre (/really Japanese) videos of her doing yoga in heels and tenderizing steak.
[Gif courtesy of Reddit/gfycat.com]