Miesha Tate battled Liz Carmouche in a big women's bantamweight bout at UFC on Fox 11. The co-main event saw Tate get her hand raised at the end of the bout by way of decision.
It was not a barn-burner, but the third round provided a healthy amount of drama. Tate had a rear-naked choke, and Carmouche gutted it out. The decisive round was enough to give Tate the fight.
The world of social media was active as it is on every fight night. This is how Twitter reacted to the fight.
Come on. Are they seriously hyping up the fact that Miesha got mauled by Ronda for eleven minutes instead of the usual one?— Steven Rondina (@srondina) April 20, 2014
Miesha Tate's last win was 610 days ago against Julie Kedzie— Jason Floyd (@Jason_Floyd) April 20, 2014
Liz Carmouche out to "Va Va Voom to the Moon" by Fans of Jimmy Century. Miesha Tate to "Timber" by Kei$ha. We all lose #UFC— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) April 20, 2014
Here we go! Looking forward to this one! #UFConFOX11— Shannon Knapp (@shanknapp) April 20, 2014
Miesha Tate outdoes Donald Cerrone for worst entrance music of the night.— Tomasz J. Marciniak (@tjmarciniak) April 20, 2014
Carmouche took the round on virtually every card. Tate was slow out of the gate. There was a lack of fire from the former Strikeforce champion, and she just could not get it going. Carmouche used her wrestling and strength to win the round.
Miesha Tate needs to batten down the hatches a bit more. Sails blowing in the wind, there. #UFC— McKinley Noble (@KenTheGreat1) April 20, 2014
10-9 for Carmouche in the first round. Tate fighting with no urgency. She needs to turn it up.— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) April 20, 2014
Cameraman all up in Miesha's business. #UFConFOX11— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) April 20, 2014
Tate started to get things going in the second frame. It was not an action-packed round, but she seemingly did enough to even the fight at a round apiece.
Weird fight. Neither Liz or Miesha seem to have much energy tonight. Halfway through the fight.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 20, 2014
Miesha and Liz seem quite bored in the cage, which doesn't bode well for us at home.— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) April 20, 2014
I have a feeling Liz Carmouche is going to make us debate once more what a takedown all by itself should count for.— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) April 20, 2014
Goldberg just called a standing guillotine “Jon Jones-Belfort style!” No. #UFConFOX— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) April 20, 2014
The most decisive round of the fight saw Tate nearly finish. She showed why she was a former champion, and why Carmouche has routinely come up short against the elite of the division. It was the clincher for Tate.
Man these lioness are going at it #UFConFOX11— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 20, 2014
Good fight by the end. Decision could go either way. Tate had 3, Carmouche had 1, R2 was a tossup, in my opinion.— Steven Rondina (@srondina) April 20, 2014
What a thrilling third round. I think 29-28 for Tate. Really impressive RNC defense by Carmouche, though.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 20, 2014
Well, it was a close fight, which means throw everything that happened out the window! Just roll some dice. Florida judges FTW! #UFConFOX11— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) April 20, 2014
Miesha Tate wins this decision in a fair and just world. But that tells us nothing about what will happen in Florida.— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) April 20, 2014
The last round had me on the edge of my seat!! #TeamTate Great fight ladies— Chris Holdsworth (@holdsworth135) April 20, 2014
Tate wins via UD (29-28 x 3). Good job, Florida. At long last, Cupcake gets her first UFC win.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 20, 2014
What else can you say about Miesha Tate? She knew she was down after one round and did what she had to do. Very impressive.— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) April 20, 2014
Media scores have been posted for Carmouche/Tate: http://t.co/RjadY38Z6i— MMADecisions.com (@MMADecisions) April 20, 2014
On the post-fight show Tate was asked about potential next opponents, and she named Sarah Kaufman and Holly Holm. Both would be big fights within the division.