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UFC 197 tips – Holly Holm to stop Meisha Tate in second round

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Women's world bantamweight champion Holly Holm returns to the octagon to face Meisha Tate at UFC 197 after sensationally stopping Ronda Rousey last year.

After ending Ronda Rousey’s four-year dominance last year with what has since become one of the most famous kicks in UFC history, world bantamweight champion Holly Holm will now defend her crown at UFC 197 against Meisha Tate.

On March 5th this year Holm (10-0), also a former boxing and kickboxing world champion, will put the title she emphatically claimed from Rousey on the line on the undercard of Conor McGregor’s lightweight title contest with Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos.

The bantamweight bruiser is undefeated in her 10 fights across MMA and UFC and will be gunning to make a strong statement in her maiden title defence before an awaited Rousey rematch, and she is a best-priced 6/1 with 888Sport for a second-round stoppage victory.

Holm, known as ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’, caused shockwaves in the sport when she sensationally downed previously undefeated Rousey at UFC 193, with her astute boxing skills helping to stun her rival before a devastating roundhouse kick ended her foe’s long-standing reign as champion in the second round.

The 34-year-old is highly-regarded for her clinical nature in the octagon, helped by her world title winning boxing background before taking to MMA, and she has previously been able to pick off opponents after setting up her target in the opening round.

Holm has also toppled all of Christina Domke on her UFC debut, Katie Merrill, Allanna Jones and Nikki Knudsen in the second round of former bouts, and she looks likely of doing so again against an indifferent foe in ‘Cupcake’ Tate.

The reigning champion faces an opponent who has tasted defeat on five occasions in her career, including a third-round submission by Rousey, and Holm will look to end proceedings a whole round quicker than the former title-holder to add more fuel to their rematch build-up.

Bantamweight’s leading lady is the overwhelming 3/10 favourite with Boylesports for a successful maiden defence of the belt she amazingly secured back in December last year, while she is a more promising 5/4 to win by knockout and 14/1 by submission at UFC 197, both with 888Sport.

It’s a second round stoppage for Holm that appeals most, however, at a superb 6/1.

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