Ketlen Vieira claimed the biggest win of her UFC career over Miesha Tate at UFC Vegas 43.
UFC bantamweight competitor Ketlen Vieira put the rest of her teams on notice at UFC Vegas 43, where she worked her way up to a victory over Miesha Tate.
After setting off with a bit of hesitation in the early rounds, Vieira started to pick up her pace late and often with Tate on the back foot. I found a home for the right hook and left stab over and over, especially late in the fight.
Tate had her moments on her feet throughout the match but struggled to find her group as the fight continued. She scored a few of her signature takedowns against Vieira, but she wasn’t able to do much with it and it took a lot of humiliation.
It was Vieira’s first experience fighting over five UFC rounds and she passed a major test against a former Tate champ. Vieira managed to maintain her range and speed in the final minutes of the fight and earned a unanimous decision victory.
Ketlen Vieira entered the bodyweight title picture by defeating Miesha Tate
Tate entered UFC Vegas 43 jumping high from her return to the octagon against Marion Reno earlier this year. She got a late TKO win over Renault after five years away from the Octagon.
Tate retired after UFC 205 when she lost back-to-back fights against Raquel Bennington and Amanda Nunes. She won the bantamweight title over Holly Holm at UFC 196.
This was easily the biggest stage of a young Vieira’s career, having lost two of her last three matches in the main event. She recently fell to Yana Konitskaya by unanimous decision earlier this year. Despite her recent struggles, Vieira has racked up impressive victories over the likes of Cat Zingano and Sara McMann.
With the win over Tate, Vieira has a chance of earning the bantamweight title sooner rather than later.