These are the top 5 greatest fights in women’s bantamweight history.
Worldwide, the men’s bantamweight division is one that is arguably its very best – not that it’s ever really had any significant low point. On the other side of the action with the women, that weight class will always be a very special part of MMA history, as it was the first division to be introduced to the UFC.
Unfortunately, the landscape has dissipated rather drastically since the early golden years in Strikeforce and the UFC start. Outside of divisional queenpin Amanda Nunes, true standout talent is hard to come by.
However, that doesn’t mean that fights still haven’t proven to deliver on the many occasion we’ve seen 135ers go at it over the years. Here are the five greatest fights in women’s bantamweight history.
5. Miesha Tate vs. Sara McMann – UFC 183, Jan. 31, 2015
Love her or hate her, Miesha Tate was a constant provider of epic MMA fights and moments whether she won or lost. Against Sara McMann, we were very close to seeing her go to what likely would’ve been her only career draw.
Making her name off of being a mid-fight underdog, that was the case once more for Tate against the former Olympic silver medalist in wrestling. Eating a thunderous right hand early that put her to the floor, Tate was forced to survive the entirety of the round off her back with an always vicious McMann dropping big ground and pound hammers.
The second frame of the bout saw McMann get back to work and do damage in the striking department, but “Cupcake” managed to avoid anything ultra significant, did work tight in the clinch and attacked a guillotine as the clock ticked away. Presumably coming down to the third, the momentum had shifted, and it was displayed about as visually as any fight could have shown.
A McMann takedown was reversed by the fresher Tate as she took the top position and did her work for the remainder of the round to steal an exciting and hard-fought victory. The future UFC champ revealed after the fight that the first big shot that dropped her broke her orbital bone.