UFC on ESPN 52 results: Miesha Tate dominates Julia Avila for late submission

Miesha Tate hadn’t competed in 17 months prior, but she dominated her way to victory Saturday in her bantamweight return.

On the UFC on ESPN 52 prelims at Moody Center in Austin, Texas, Tate (21-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) defeated Julia Avila (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) by submission at 1:15 of Round 3.

From the opening seconds of the fight, Tate out-grappled Avila with strong, heavy wrestling and frequent submission attempts. Although Avila did just enough to deny earlier submission tries, she failed to do so early in Round 3 when Tate locked in a rear-naked choke. The tap came quickly.

After the fight, a fired-up Tate mentioned the hard work she put in during training camp and how she was motivated by frequent mentions of “retirement” by MMMA conversationalists.

Despite her domination, Tate appeared to suffer a leg injury and was carried out of the cage by fiancé Johnny Nunez.

Tate, 37, moves to 2-2 since he returned from retirement in 2021. Tate attempted flyweight in her previous bout, a lopsided loss to Lauren Murphy in July 2022, but plans to stick at bantamweight.

Returning from pregnancy, Avila had not competed since June 2021. Avila, 35, falls to 1-2 in her most recent three bouts.

Up-to-the-minute UFC on ESPN 52 results include:

  • Miesha Tate def. Julia Avila via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 1:15

  • Cody Brundage def. Zach Reese via knockout (slam, punches) – Round 1, 1:49

  • Drakkar Klose def. Joe Solecki via knockout (slam) – Round 1, 1:41

  • Rodolfo Bellato def. Ihor Potieria via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:17

  • Jared Gooden def. Wellington Turman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:11

  • Veronica Hardy def. Jamey-Lyn Horth via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC on ESPN 52.

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