ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – At the moment, the women’s bantamweight division in the UFC appears to be game for a title that travels each time it is defended. Meisha Tate is the latest victim of one and done after losing the title to Amanda Nunes in UFC 200 over the weekend. When Holly Holm upset Ronda Rousey in November of 2015, she had plans of being UFC Bantamweight champion for more than one fight.
In her first title defense, Holm watched it all slip away with a minute and 30 seconds left in a fight she had, for the most part, dominated against Tate.
“I was hoping to be the one to keep it and not go from here to here to here,” said Holm.
Only Rousey had success defending the title before she lost it so badly to Holm.
The changing titles could be a testament to how competitive the women’s bantamweight division has become.
“I do feel like the top 10 now compared to the top 10 two years ago is completely different,” said Holm. “I feel like women’s MMA just keeps getting better and the girls keep getting better and the competition keeps getting harder.”
Holm will face Valentina Shevchenko at the United Center in Chicago July 23.