In the co-main event of UFC 196, Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm puts her 135-pound coveted belt on the line against the resurgent Meisha “Cupcake” Tate, who, unbeknownst to her, is living on a prayer.

Why? The chances of her winning this, is like it snowing in hell.

Since Tate’s (17-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) loss to erstwhile 135 lb. queenpin, Ronda Rousey, back in December 2013, the former Strikeforce bantamweight champion has amassed a comfortable four-fight win streak.

In any case, come fight night, one thing’s for sure, the 29-year-old Xtreme Couture product will bring her impressive wrestling and grappling skills to the Octagon, as well as a burning desire to attain the status of champ once again, only this time, in the Ultimate Fighting Championship promotion.

Per contra, Holm (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), a former three-divisional world boxing titlist, will be hell-bent on proving her trouncing of “Rowdy” at UFC 193 was no fluke, and that she is in fact, the real deal.

What does she have in her arsenal? More importantly, what doesn’t she have?

Under the tutelage of world renowned MMA camp Jackson-Winkeljohn, the 34-year-old, whom most MMA analysts predicted wouldn’t stand a cat in hell’s chance against the once thought of indomitable Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC), shoved said predictions right back down their regurgitating throats, when she systematically flipped the script via brutal head kick.

Almost four months removed from that seismic shift of power, the girl from Albuquerque, NM, is no longer the hunter, but the hunted. But she needn’t fret—the consensus #1 female bantamweight fighter in the world possesses the requisite skillset to make another statement of intent; boxing/kickboxing pedigree, and an ever-improving takedown defense, which was evinced in her Rousey match-up.

Moreover, she’s in the company of some great talent, a la stablemates former 205-pound king Jon “Bones” Jones and two-time welterweight title contender Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit (Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski, Frank Mir et al), whose mental resolve and fighting prowess has surely rubbed off on her.

Using front kicks, footwork and distance, Holm will do her damndest to vitiate all Tate’s attempts at taking this to the mat (Holm has never tasted mat before). In addition, expect her to tee off and counter at every given opportunity, whilst ferhoodling Tate with her southpaw stance.

A passage from the Holy Scriptures of MMA:

Hail Holly, full of grit.
Blessed is she among women,
and blessed is the intensity of her striking.
Holy Holly, destroyer of Rousey,
Pray for her adversaries,
now and at the hour of their rout.

Prediction: Can ya feel a head kick coming on? No matter, Holm retains her strap via TKO.

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Nedu graduated from London Metropolitan University and has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing and Media Studies. He is a fervent freelance writer/blogger and a wordsmith provocateur. His hobbies/interests are centred on MMA, Boxing, Football, Current Events and the Arts. He’s also a keen roller skater and marshals for the LFNS (London Friday Night Skate). "Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind". - George Orwell