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Miesha Tate, represented by Kevin Harvick Inc., wins UFC women’s bantamweight title


Miesha Tate and Sara McMann in their bantamweight bout during UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. *** Local Caption *** Miesha Tate; Sara McMann

Steve Marcus

Miesha Tate, represented by Kevin Harvick’s management company, defeated Holly Holm by submission in the fifth and final round Saturday night to win the women’s UFC bantamweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Tate, 29, becomes only the third woman to win that title. Ronda Rousey had been champion in that division until she was upset by Holm in November. Saturday night’s fight was Holm’s first title defense. Tate won via a chokehold at 3:30 of the final round.

Harvick, though, was unable to attend the fight. He explained why in a tweet shortly after the bout.

Other NASCAR competitors, in Las Vegas for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race, celebrated Tate’s victory.

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