After Donald Cerrone and Edson Barboza gave the fans at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. and at home what they wanted with a fight filled with some wild action, it was up to former women’s bantamweight contenders Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche to keep the excitement going in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 11.
Tate was still in search of her first win inside of the octagon while Carmouche was looking to rebound from a loss to Alexis Davis last November.
It was a key bout for each woman as they attempted to climb back up the women’s bantamweight ladder and they were ready to throw down to show what the women’s division is all about.
Carmouche came out dominating the first half of the fight with her pacing and takedowns, but Tate was able to close out the second and third rounds with the most threatening and significant moments of the fight. Tate nearly submitted Carmouche on multiple occasions, which was enough to earn her the nod on the judges scorecards.
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Round 1: Both women exchanged leg kicks to start off the fight and stayed at a distance. Carmouche tied Tate up and looked to clinch up against the cage, but Tate reversed position. Carmouche quickly got back in the dominant position and wrapped up Tate’s legs before dumping her on to the mat. After avoiding any damage, Tate was able to get back to her feet with Carmouche on her back and Carmouche got the fight back to the mat. Carmouche was doing no damage despite having the top position and Tate threatened with a kimura attempt. Carmouche pulled her arm out of danger and continued to smother Tate against the cage, but Tate went for another attempt at the kimura before getting thrown on to her back.
FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Carmouche
Round 2: Tate’s corner urged her to pick up the tempo and she opened up with more volume from her punches, but Carmouche wasted no time grabbing a hold of Tate and pushing her up against the cage. Tate reversed the position and was looking for a takedown of her own, but Carmouche showed some great balance and separated. Tate was much more aggressive in the second round and began mixing up her strikes. However, she couldn’t keep Carmouche off of her. Carmouche dumped Tate to the mat and Tate answered with some hard elbows to the side of the head. Tate was struggling to get off of her back, but she was able to sneak her arm under Carmouche’s neck and threaten a guillotine choke. Carmouche got back to her feet but her head was still locked up and in serious danger but she escaped in the final seconds and went back to Tate’s back. Because of Carmouche’s lack of attacking in the dominant position and Tate’s aggression/submission attempts, Tate got the slight edge.
FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Tate (19-19)
Round 3: Tate was coming out looking for the kill in the final round and threw a wild flurry that caused Carmouche to back up. With Carmouche retreating, Tate changed levels and was able to secure her first takedown of the fight. Tate was in side control and looked to stay active, before putting in a hook and taking Carmouche’s back. Tate was looking for the rear-naked choke and turned it in to a neck crank, but Carmouche slipped out. Unfortunately for Carmouche, Tate was still on her back and working to secure a choke. Tate was relentless with her submission attempts and showed a sense of urgency that Carmouche lacked when she was in the dominant position. Carmouche worked her way back to her feet and attempted to spike Tate on her head, but Tate hang on to the rear-naked choke. Carmouche was struggling to stay awake and refusing to tap. Tate let go of her grip and looked to switch to the other side, before Carmouche recovered half guard and the women finished off with some exchanges on the ground.
FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Tate (29-28, Tate)
Result: Miesha Tate def. Liz Carmouche via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)