Congratulations, Miesha Tate (17-5-0). It was a long time coming.

UFC 196 produced another magical moment when Miesha Tate dramatically stopped Holly Holm in the final round. Her reaction was indicative of a fighter who after putting in the blood, sweat and tears – without the ultimate result to show for it – was finally rewarded.

And Holm’s reaction was even more admirable. She was literally seconds from winning the fight on points, but as she said in the post-fight press conference, “I let my guard down and it cost me the fight.”

Both fighters were classy and respectful afterwards and it’s clear that while Holm lost the fight, she is not a loser. Many other fighters noticed as well.

Now, with Ronda Rousey (12-1-0) waiting in the wings, we get another big soap opera for UFC 200. The Rowdy One, who has a pair of tidy finishes over Tate already, will get another shot against her sworn enemy. She didn’t even watch the fight, choosing to attend a professional wrestling event.

Can’t wait.

Also, there was Amanda Nunes (12-4-0) earning a unanimous decision win over Valentina Shevchenko. Nunes looked good in the first two rounds, and then let Shevchenko off the hook in the final round.

That was concerning to me, the fact that she didn’t finish strong, yet was begging afterwards for a title shot.  Time has shown that you have to beg like that, your performance was probably not as impressive as you think it was. Shevchenko had all kinds of problems using her Muay Thai for most of the fight, but she can build off that final round.

Overall, a great night of fights for the ladies. Tate also earned a performance-of-the-night award as well.

And it doesn’t stop there. Invicta FC 16 is on the horizon March 11th and I’m looking forward to see what happens now that Angela Hill and Aspen Ladd have been added to the card.

Can atomweight champion Ayaka Yamasaki (12-1-0) defend against The Bully Amber Brown (6-1-0)?

Invicta FC 16

I’ll have to think a bit more about that one. Check out my Crossfire predictions piece later on during Fight Week.

Have you ever heard of Tip A Fighter? It’s a way for fans to directly tip their favourite fighters. I recently stumbled across this and I’ve noticed they have a lot of Invicta fighters on there. It seems to be an innovative way to reward fighters, but I have to wonder how much the fighters are actually earning with this.

If you know of a female fighter that you think merits coverage, drop me a line at [email protected] or on Twitter at @CasMMA365 about them. I’m always looking for new faces. Their stories need to be told.

See you next week!

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