Meisha Tate took home the biggest win of her career last night at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois when she submitted the previously un-submitted Marloes Coenen to capture the Strikeforce women’s welterweight title.
The 24-year-old used a slick set up to apply an arm triangle on her Dutch opponent which eventually forced her to tap and relinquish the belt.
“It was right there,” Tate said of the sub at the post-fight press conference. “A lot of people praise her submissions. I wanted to beat her at her own game. I’m the first person to submit her, and that feels pretty good.”
The victory didn’t come easy for Tate though, as she had to weather a tough second round which saw Coenen take her back and keep it for the duration of the frame. Despite having such a submission-savvy opponent holding such a dominant position on her for most of an entire round, Tate explained that she never felt to be in real danger.
“I didn’t feel like I was in danger of getting subbed at any point, but I knew I wasn’t in a good position,” said Tate. “I wasn’t happy there. She had really good control. I tried to kind of edge out the back of the mat, but she kept switching her feet around. …I was trying to get out, but it wasn’t working. But I didn’t feel like she was under my chin at any point.”
Tate was asked if, in the absence of Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, she believed that she’s the new face of WMMA. The humble champion explained that she’s just here to fight and that she’ll let things like that be decided by everyone else.
“I’ll let the fans decide that,” she said. “I just know that I just became the new 135lbs. world champion, and I’m happy with that. I’m happy to represent women’s MMA, and the rest, I’ll leave up to you guys.”