By Philip O'Connor
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Miesha Tate scored a sensational victory over reigning bantamweight champion Holly Holm in Las Vegas, choking her out late in the fifth round to win the title Holm took from Ronda Rousey in November.
After a cagey first round in which few significant blows were landed, the 34-year-old Holm was in trouble in the second round but managed to survive by keeping Tate at bay with her longer reach.
Tate managed to get Holm back on the mat late in the fifth and final round, but despite an acrobatic attempt to escape by the champion, Tate clung on to render her unconscious and claim the title.
"She went out like a champion. I have so much respect for this woman," the 29-year-old told the octagon announcer as she received the belt.
(Reporting by Philip O'Connor; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)