Ketlen Vieira

Fenomeno

Brazil

Takes decision from Miesha Tate
BantamweightUFC
November 20, 2021
Vieira defeated Miesha Tate via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was the biggest victory of Vieira's career and the correct decision, even if there was little separating the two women. Vieira did quite well in what was primarily a kickboxing match. She allowed Tate to lead most of the striking exchanges and responded by countering her to death. Vieira also did a nice job of remaining upright, allowing Tate just a single takedown in Round 4. While the striking numbers between the two women were even, it was Vieira who landed the more powerful shots. That was enough to ultimately earn the decision. The Brazilian has real skills in the stand-up, but as Daniel Cormier correctly pointed out on the broadcast, she appears to lack the confidence to let her hands go on a consistent basis. She won this fight regardless, but Vieira would have a much higher ceiling if she was willing to do so. Vieira has shown more good than bad with the UFC, winning six of her first eight bouts with the company, but she's 2-2 in her past four fights dating back to December 2019, and her significant rise up the rankings is primarily due to the lack of depth in the division, as opposed to consistent high-level performances inside the Octagon.
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New date announced
BantamweightUFC
September 29, 2021
Vieira will take on Miesha Tate at the UFC event Nov. 20, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight was originally supposed to take place on Oct. 16, but it was pushed back a month to allow Miesha Tate recover from a positive COVID-19 test. Vieira was last in the Octagon back in February when she lost by unanimous decision to Yana Kunitskaya.
Tate fight postponed
BantamweightUFC
September 22, 2021
Vieira's fight with Miesha Tate won't occur at the Oct. 16 UFC event after the latter tested positive for COVID-19, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Martin adds that the fight is likely to be rescheduled. Vieira probably won't get into another bout and will instead wait for Tate to be healthy and ready to fight again.
Fighting Miesha Tate in October
BantamweightUFC
August 21, 2021
Vieira will fight Miesha Tate at the Oct. 16 UFC event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Vieira saw her fight scheduled for Aug. 28 taken off the card after Sara McMann withdrew with an injury. Vieira will take on a high-profile opponent in Tate, who won her first fight in nearly five years via TKO (strikes) over Marion Reneau in July.
Not fighting Aug. 28
BantamweightUFC
August 17, 2021
Vieira's scheduled fight versus Sara McMann has been taken off the card for UFC Fight Night on Aug. 28, per MMAFighting.com.
ANALYSIS
McMann was forced to withdraw for an unspecified reason. With such short notice, it doesn't appear Vieira will have another fight scheduled for the Aug. 28 date.
Slated to fight in August
BantamweightUFC
May 7, 2021
Vieira is slated to take on Sara McMann in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on Aug. 28, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Vieira defeated McMann in September of 2017, but Vieira has gone 2-2 since then, with her most recent fight ending in a loss to Yana Kunitskaya via unanimous decision at UFC Vegas 19 in February. McMann most recently lost to Julianna Pena via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC 257 in January and has now dropped three of her last four fights. Vieira has advantages in both height and reach.