UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm is set to defend her belt for the first time this Saturday against top contender Miesha Tate. In preparation for the title fight, Holm has been working with long-time coach Mike Winklejohn of the JacksonWink MMA Academy.
Coach Wink was a guest on the MMA Hour this week and spoke about their fight with Tate.
“She’s firing on all 12. She’s a high-tech European racecar,” Winkeljohn said (transcribed by MMA Fighting). “Same going in for Ronda, I won’t lie, we were confident for that one as well. I think Holly is going to dominate the fight and do real well. There are a lot of things you need to watch for and Miesha is very strong and very dangerous in many ways, but yeah she’s [Holm] been looking good so far.”
Winklejohn says that Tate is the top contender in the division and for good reason having beaten out the competition with various styles of martial arts backgrounds.
“Oh yeah. You know, she’s number one for a reason,” Winkeljohn said. “She’s been around for a long time and she’s pretty darn good everywhere. She hits hard; she’s tapping people out. Her wrestling is very good. You see that she’s beaten jiu jitsu people, she’s beaten wrestlers and she’s beaten strikers so she’s very good at what she does.”
Although Holm is facing a very tough competitor in Miesha Tate, Winklejohn sees the fight going in their favor similar to their finish of the once thought unbeatable former champion Ronda Rousey.
“Second round KO for Holly Holm,” Winkeljohn said. “Yeah a lot like it; just as dominant.”
What are your thoughts fight fans? Will Holly Holm successfully defend her belt, or will Miesha Tate realize her dreams by beating Holm to become a UFC world champion? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!