TUF 17 Finale Play-by-Play: Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano

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Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano

Round 1: Tate comes across the cage.  They both miss with punches and Tate takes Zingano down.  Zingano scrambles to her feet.  Tate presses her against the cage.  Zingano applies a standing guillotine choke.  She gets free.  Zingano lands a right hand.  Tate lands a big left hook that staggers Zingano.  Tate is in side control.  Zingano reverses her and is in side control.  Zingano lands an elbow and stands.  Tate gets up and pushes forward with a combination that lands.  They clinch.  Zingano lands a knee inside the clinch.  Zingano delivers a hard left hand.  Tate changes levels and takes the fight to the ground.  She works from the half guard position.  Tate lands a couple of short elbows.  Tate delivers elbows from the top.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Tate.

Round 2: Zingano flies out of her corner with a flying knee to start the round.  Tate takes the fight to the ground.  Tate peppers the body of Zingano with short punches.  Tate postures up and lands punches.  She advances to the mount position.  Tate applies an arm bar.  Zingano gets out of the submission attempt.  Tate gains top control and mounts Zingano.  She moves to side control.  Tate works to get Zingano’s back.  Zingano reverses the position.  Tate isolates a leg and goes for a heel hook.  Zingano delivers elbows to the legs of Tate.  Zingano counters and lands in half guard.  Zingano lands three big elbows.  Zingano postures up and lands punches.  Tate scrambles to her feet.  Tate works for a takedown and Zingano stuffs it at the bell.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Tate, but the momentum changed in the final minute of that round.

Round 3: Zingano lands a left hand to start the round.  Zingano changes levels and secures a double leg takedown.  Zingano lands an elbow.  She delivers a series of left hands.  Tate rolls but Zingano maintains control.  Zingano lands hard elbows.  Tate is bleeding.  Zingano lands left hands.  Tate tries to sit up.  She gets to her feet and Zingano lands a knee that drops Tate.  Tate gets up and Zingano delivers more knees to the face of Tate followed by a right hand.  The referee steps in to stop the fight.

The official time of the stoppage was 2:55 of the third round.

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