In the co-main event of UFC on FOX 11, former title challengers Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche had a hard-fought three-round fight that was decided by the judges. Tate received the win on all three judges scorecard, 29-28, but UFC president Dana White felt Carmouche had done enough to win.
During the post-fight press conference, White said that he had scored rounds one and two for Tate, but he does understand those who gave the bout to Tate.
“I thought Liz won rounds one and two, and I thought Miesha won the third round,” said White, as transcribed by MMA.tv. “But it’s one of those things where if you look at the second round, Liz didn’t really do any damage. She took her down, she held her. If you give Miesha points for submission attempts, it’s not crazy to say that Miesha won the fight either.
“If you want to guarantee yourself a victory, take the judges out of it – finish fights. I’m sure other people thought Liz won the fight too, but if you look at what Liz did, just laid on her and didn’t do any damage, it’s not crazy to say that you could give the second round to Miesha.”
When Tate was asked about her performance, she was quick to admit that she was not confident she was going to get the win which was her first inside of the octagon.
“No I wasn’t confident I won it, to be perfectly honest,” said Tate. “I really thought that… I honestly actually thought that Liz probably won the fight, because she had more riding time. But I haven’t watched the fight. That’s just what was going through my mind.
“I knew she won round 1. Round 2, like I said, she kinda just held me there for a while. And from what I heard from other people, the reason that the judges said I won Round 2 was based on damage – the fact that I was staying busy when she was just holding me. I was trying to throw elbows, I had the guillotine attempt, I had the sweep and popped up and did some damage, towards the end of the round.
“The reason I won the round the round was just based on damage. That’s all I can really say — I haven’t watched the fight.”
FanSided.com scored the bout in favor of Tate for all of the reasons that she stated.
In the second round, Carmouche was controlling where the fight took place with her wrestling, but she wasn’t able to do anything significant. In the second half of the round, Tate was the more active fighter and threatened with some dangerous submission attempts. Because of her ability to stay active and attempt to finish the fight, she had done enough to steal the round.
Tate then went on to dominate the third round, which was enough to earn her the win.