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New Strikeforce Champion Miesha Tate Talks Win Over Marloes Coenen

Miesha Tate beat Marloes Coenen via submission (arm triangle choke) at 3:03 of the fourth round to take the Strikeforce women's bantamweight title at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. She spoke after her huge win, here are some highlights:

  • On submitting Coenen: "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."
  • On her place in the women's MMA hierarchy: "I only know that I just became the new 135-pound world champion. I'm happy with that. I'm happy to represent women's MMA. The rest, I'll leave up to you guys."
  • On Coenen's submission threats in the second round: "I wasn't I was in danger of getting submitted at any point, but I knew I wasn't in a good position. I wasn't happy there. She had really good control. I tried 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 (to finish the choke)."

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