Nate Diaz and Miesha Tate have big tasks ahead of them at UFC 196. Diaz, on short notice, is facing one of the sport’s best strikers, while Tate is challenging for the bantamweight title against someone not named Ronda Rousey. Both are big underdogs, but as Holly Holm proved to us just a few short months ago, anything can happen.
Mindful of the Take Downs
Miesha’s best path to victory hinges on her wrestling. Whether it’s a grind-y decision or nabbing a submission, Tate needs to get the fight on the ground to win. Miesha will have to pick and choose her takedown attempts very carefully, though. One of Ronda’s biggest mistakes was charging headlong at Holm, eating shots and tiring herself out in the process. Tate needs to time her shots and try to catch Holm moving forward on counters when looking to get the fight on the mat.